The War in Iraq has always been something that has caused controversy because a lot of people disagree with our decision to invade the country. Whether or not you think the War was a good idea, we can all agree that we need to stand behind the people fighting over there. The War in Iraq has been going on for a long time, and it seemed like the decision to leave was one that would never come. It seems, at least partially, the War in Iraq might be coming to a close.
According to Voice of America News, President Barack Obama announced the end of the United States’ combat role in Iraq Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. Obama announced the end of the combat role and our continual support afterward during a speech that was nationally broadcast. Obama discussed the new advisory role and training role that the United States’ Military will now have as we hand Iraq over to the Iraqi people. Obama has made it clear that all forces from the United States will be removed from Iraq by the end of 2011.
America’s continuing advisory role in the country will be a little different than the military’s presence during the War in Iraq. The advisory role in Iraq is going to focus on rebuilding the military in Iraq and making them more self-reliant. America is also going to be training the many people who serve in the military in Iraq to ensure that they can protect their country.
America was an enemy mostly during the military’s presence in Ira,q and this is going to shift to a friendly situation. We helped Iraq get rid of a lot of the bad people in their country, and now are giving them the tools to succeed freely. Our advisory role is going to shift the primary responsibilities from America to Iraq, which will help the people gain independence and self-reliance. The military’s presence made it seem like we were fighting against Iraq instead of fighting for Iraq, which is different than what it will be like now. In an advisory role, we will help Iraq make decisions on its own, instead of making the decisions for them. Although we are switching roles, we still have the same goal in mind, which is to make Iraq a free and independent country.
I think our continued presence will significantly impact Iraq’s development in the future. Our presence is going to be one of helping and aiding in the training and development of the military in Iraq. Our presence will be needed for a long time until the people of Iraq feel safe and secure without the help of other people. Our continued presence will also help Iraq develop as far as industry and technology are concerned. We will be able to help Iraq build and develop better weapons and better tactical skills, which will help Iraq become more self-reliant. We are also going to be available to assist Iraq in developing and using better technology both for industry and defense needs. Our presence in Iraq will help stabilize the area until the government of Iraq can fully operate freely. Some people might not see it as a big impact, but when everything is handed over to Iraq, it will be obvious we helped them develop their future.
Voice of America News Staff, “Obama Marks End of Iraq Combat Mission”, Voice of America