After around 10 years of soldiers defending America in Iraq, President Barack Obama is calling home troops by the end of 2011.The war started under the administration of George W. Bush and will end under President Obama’s. The American troops still overseas are expected to be home in time for the new year.
In 2003, when Americans went into this war, they were on the search for Osama Bin Laden. At the end of April 2011, Osama Bin Laden was killed due to an operation launched in Pakistan. This event marked the final milestone in the war. After finally accomplishing what the troops went into Iraq to do, they are starting to come back home. The troops are expected to be back home by the end of 2011.
This has caused the deaths of over 4,400 troops and has cost America over $700 billion dollars. Obama states, “I’ll join the American people in paying tribute to more than one million Americans who have served in Iraq. We’ll honor our many wounded warriors and the nearly 4, 500 American patriots and their Iraqi and coalition partners who gave their lives to this effort.”
Obama said that the last of the troops will be deported out of Iraq on January 1. This completes what he said in his presidential campaign when he said he was going to get all of the troops out of Iraq. “When I took office, roughly 180,000 troops were deployed in both of these wars. And by the end of this year that number will be cut in half, and make no mistake, they will continue to go down,” Obama says.
Daily, the United States has withdrawn around 520 military troops. Denis McDonough, the White House’s deputy security adviso,r says that the United States will have 4,000 to 5,000 contractors to provide security for the United States diplomats.
“I wish we had been able to make more progress in resolving the internal differences while our troops were still there,” President W. Bush’s security advisor, retired General Brent Scowcroft said. What he is saying in other words is that he wished that America could have solved other problems, not just getting rid of terrorists. During this war, the troops found and killed Bin Laden and are coming home.