It’s Officially the 1st day of September,
a hot one at that,
and to kick off the beginning of my season, President Obama has promised to end a whole entire war.
In his 2nd ever address from the Oval office, Obama declared that the combat mission in Iraq is over and that the initial decision to engage was a mistake and this is the admission to that.
It is public knowledge that Obama was opposed to the Iraq occupation from the onset, usually trading sentiments with George W. Bush and other Republican defenders of the war. However, in his address, Obama notes that he personally called Bush and conversed on the situation at hand in Iraq, and then accentuated the positive aspects of Bush’s intentions as a Devoted American.
In either case, While Obama insists that the number one priority in the U.S. is tending to the economy, this withdrawal from Iraq will see 50,000 American troops remaining for support and counter-terrorism training, and only serves as an effort to strengthen the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. So this is a relief in one way, and a headache in another. The agenda continues…I just read that the war in Afghanistan is now the longest since Vietnam. We just don’t hear about it consistently.
We as Americans have forgotten why we are in either territory to begin with. As Anti-Muslim sentiments grow and grow daily in the face of the Ground Zero Mosque debate, none of these Military moves seem to be helping anything. When U.S. soldiers leave Iraq next year, will it be any better than when they entered almost a decade ago?
I commend Obama for his stance on the situation and making a bold move that will reunite families and keep thousands of our brave young men out of an unecessary environment, but the American Government still gets the side eye from me, until all War is on pause for a minute…
How about we worry about the oil spill that we caused that will fuck up an entire OCEAN system for years to come? How about that??
Oh, and I stole this Obama pic from an Associated Press article because it looked so iconic. You gotta love it.