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Ending Gulf War II
« on: May 29, 2018, 10:07:30 AM »
The Specter Of Iraq Haunts The Political Life Of Barack Obama
President Obama speaks to troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., in December 2011.
Gerry Broome/AP

https://www.npr.org/2014/06/18/323351135/the-specter-of-iraq-haunts-the-political-life-of-barack-obama

Iraq has long played a major role in President Obama's political life, going back to his earliest days as an Illinois state senator barely known outside of his Chicago district.

Obama's early anti-Iraq war stand would become a centerpiece of his first run for the White House, but it's since been a persistent crisis that's been his to manage, despite his every effort to put it behind him.

In late 2002, before the Iraq war had begun, then-state Sen. Obama appeared on Public Affairs, a Chicago television program hosted by Jeff Berkowitz. He was asked how, given the chance, he would have voted on the U.S. Senate's resolution to give President Bush authority to use military force in Iraq.

"If it had come to me in an up or down vote as it came, I think I would have agreed with our senior Sen. Dick Durbin and voted nay," Obama told Berkowitz.

That early opposition to the war would be a focus of his 2008 presidential campaign.

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"As president, I will end the war in Iraq. We will have our troops home in 16 months," he said, making a promise that would become a constant pledge throughout his campaign.

Though Obama won the White House, Iraq would not be an easy fix.

"I think the way he talked about it on the campaign was overly optimistic," said Joseph Nye, a professor and foreign policy specialist at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. "In American politics, we campaign in poetry and we govern in prose, and Obama's enough of a pragmatist that when he got into government, he quickly realized he couldn't meet the 16-month pledge."

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And he did bring the war to an end — though it took more than twice as long as promised.

In December 2011, just days before the last U.S. troops would leave the country, he spoke at North Carolina's Fort Bragg. "Everything that American troops have done in Iraq, all the fighting and all the dying, the bleeding and the building, and the training and the partnering — all of it has led to this moment of success," he said.

He acknowledged that Iraq is not a perfect place and had challenges yet ahead. But he argued that "we're leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq."

Iraq, of course, has been anything stable since that December 2011 speech.

"It's ironic that it's Iraq that's coming back to haunt him," said Nye. "After all, he said Afghanistan was the war that we need to keep our eye on. But history is full of surprises like this."

It's a war the president warned against, but which he inherited. And his critics say he's made the situation worse by not being attentive enough to signs of trouble.

Obama says there will be no U.S. troops sent back into combat in Iraq — there's no public support for such a thing anyway.

Still, the public will judge how he handles the current crisis. Officially, the Iraq war may be over, but that wasn't the end of it for the president.

Not by far.



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Five years after Barack Obama withdrew US Troops from Iraq, thousands remain
The number has increased in recent months ahead of drive to seize the Isis stronghold of Mosul

Harriet Agerholm @HarrietAgerholm Friday 16 December 2016 12:55 GMT3 comments

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/five-years-barack-obama-withdraw-us-troops-from-iraq-stationed-northern-isis-mosul-a7478806.html   

Five years after Barack Obama announced that that "war in Iraq ends this month”, at least 5,000 American military personnel are currently stationed in the middle eastern country. 

Following the president's decree, the last US troops withdrew a week before the Christmas of 2011. But after Isis gained significant territory in the country three years later, the US was forced to put boots back on the ground. 

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Between the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 until the end of 2011, around one million US military personnel were deployed in the country. The conflict claimed the lives of 4,486 and more than 32,000 were wounded.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died during the invasion and subsequent war, though estimates of the true total vary.
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Re: Ending Gulf War II
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2018, 11:54:46 AM »
MARCH 19, 2018
The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began
BY BAXTER OLIPHANT

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/19/iraq-war-continues-to-divide-u-s-public-15-years-after-it-began/

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