It is the right thing for America and Barack Obama to do
How long will it take before Barack Obama is labeled as just another lying politician?
One meeting with the US Army Generals
What has been refreshing about president elect Obama, apart from being an African, is his commitment to get all American troops out of Iraq by 2010. This was a shift in foreign policy that could bring a chance for peace in the Middle East. Obama stated that “I have said throughout the campaign that this war was ill-conceived, that it was a strategic blunder and that it needs to come to an end,”
The Iraqi government has asked that all U.S. troops be pulled out of Iraqi cities by June 2009 and out of Iraq by 2012
The only problem with the American withdrawal from Iraq is that civil war almost seems imminent and has nothing to do with Al Qeada or anybody else. It’s simply a case of an internal power struggle between Sunni and Shia’s who both want the same thing: Political power in Iraq.
Saddam managed to keep control over the country, often brutally and was hung for his crimes. But his removal has left a power vacuum in Iraq that is not sorted out yet.
Some of the militia armies are simply not fighting at the moment. They could just be waiting for the Americans to leave before the civil war starts in earnest.
Obama has a struggle on a wider spectrum as well. The American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have incensed the wider Islamic world, who has taken spiritual umbrage over the fact that infidels have invaded the promised lands and must be repelled at all cost. This becomes a jihad and a rallying call for militants from all over the world to join forces and fight the invader.
The result is that Obama might have to delay his time table to get all troops out of Iraq by 2010. And there is not much he can do about it. Should he decide to continue the war in Afghanistan, there is no doubt that it will become deadlier and with little chance of an American victory there either.
The opportunity Obama has to become a master statesman from the start of his term in office has to be taken. Instead of the military option, he must come in peace and with respect to solve the problems. It will not be easy but it is the right thing for America and Barack Obama to do.