President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all American troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.
Obama's statement put an end to months of wrangling over whether the U.S. would maintain a force in Iraq beyond 2011. He never mentioned the tense and ultimately fruitless negotiations with Iraq over whether to keep several thousand U.S. forces in Iraq as a training force and a hedge against meddling from Iran or other outside forces.
Instead, Obama spoke of a promise kept, a new day for a self-reliant Iraq and a focus on building up the economy at home.
"I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year," Obama said. "After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over."
The question is, were the generals on the ground asked for their input, or was this a unilateral decision by Milhous Obama?
Make no mistake, this is purely political. The economy will not improve enough in a year's time, so he needs a distration. Leaving Iraq is a way for him to win back his Code Pinko, far-Left base that elevated him to the White House.
Is this going to create more of a vaccum, and send a message to Iran and al-Queda elements...come take over Iraq, America's leaving because I have an election to win? Is he also intent on overseeing the Muslim Brotherhood take over the Middle East?