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A research by a lampooning website called www.hubdub.com posed the question, “Will President Obama make good his promise to end the Iraq War in 16 months from inauguration?” Not surprisingly, 92% of voters responded “No”.
Throughout his campaigns, Obama had repeatedly stated, “I will end this [Iraq] war.” In his inaugural address too, he reiterated, “We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan.” These words were music to the ears of a war-weary nation, but American forces continue to face more of the music on the ground!
The first indication of trouble in paradise was when he delayed his plan to withdraw troops by two months. He had committed in a formal announcement of a new Iraq strategy at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on February 27, 2009 that “under the new plan, the US will remove all combat troops (from Iraq) by August 31, 2010.” Delaying the deadline itself was breaking the promise. Irrespective of the time line, the challenges are more complicated than Obama bargained for. He promised that he would “remove one to two combat brigades each month”. The New York Times rightly predicted that Obama would not withdraw more than two of the 14 brigades before December, 2009. The fact is, keeping Obama’s Iraq promise will depend on how fast the Iraqi leadership gets ready to take up the responsibility. More importantly, how he succeeds in bringing regional leaders together will be of critical importance. Being hasty in fulfilling his commitment may put the safety of 1,50,000 troops at stake. His promise of bringing peace in Afghanistan suffers a similar fate, more or less.
The Commander of US forces in Iraq, General Raymond Odierno, said in an interview with TIME magazine, “We must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in.” Moving out carelessly could well mean undoing all the blood toil and money that has been spent. And that makes decision-making in this regard several times more complicated.
By:- Akram Hoque
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