The money has been spent, the bodies have fallen, and some lives have been lost; the Iraq War has created mixed feelings amongst Americans from its origins until now. On October 21, 2011, President Obama declared that all troops fighting this war will be withdrawn and home before the holidays. As a campaign promise, the end of the Iraq War will serve as an accomplishment for his administration. In the wake of a re-election campaign, President Obama needed something of this proportion to help maintain favor in the polls.
The Iraq War had a nine year life span and came into existence after the infamous, September 11 attack. The war started under the administration of George W. Bush and was referred by some as The Second Gulf War. During the invasion of Iraq, there was suspicion of there being weapons of mass destruction. Although the weapons were not found, the invasion allowed American troops to capture Saddam Hussein.
More than 1 million American have served in this fight in Iraq, on behalf of our nation. Over 120,000 civilians and an estimated 3 trillion dollars have been lost to United States economy in the unfortunate catastrophe. Without a doubt, the withdrawal of American troops in time for the holidays is a great gift to many American families.
Below is a video of the presidential address on troop withdrawal: