Why the U.S. Should Stay in Iraq
There is no doubt that the war in Iraq has been a very controversial topic and much has been debated on the subject. Many people believe we went into Iraq based on bad intelligence and have no right to be there. Regardless of your position the decision was made a long time ago and now the question remains should we stay or should we go. I believe we must stay in Iraq for a number of reasons. Of course there are some very pointed reasons on why we should not stay but overall in the long run it will be more beneficial to the U.S. and the rest of the world if we maintain a presence in Iraq and the Middle East.
The reasons we went into Iraq may not be clear to everyone after all we don’t get the intelligence reports that our leaders do and of course there are some things that we will never be able to know or understand. However having lots of military friends and a boyfriend whose serving in Iraq right now I can tell you that they see a difference in these people everyday. Most are very thankful for our presence there and for liberating them from tyranny. One thing the U.S. must understand is that the enemies to Iraq are also enemies to the U.S. “The people of America need to understand this: the enemies of a stable Iraq are America’s enemies, and they simply do no understand the language of civilization and reason” (Fadhill, 2007).
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The Islamic extremists would love nothing more than to create that chaos and despair in Iraq in the U.S. Soon enough they will bring this war to American shores. So many find it so easy to forget things like 9/11 and the USS Cole bombings and the bombings at the U.S. Embassies. They will bring this fight to America if we let them. Many of the countries that want to take advantage of this situation in Iraq are counting on the U.S. just pulling out and leaving Iraq to whomever is strong enough to take it again by force.
Another problem in Iraq right now is the governments inability to provide security to it’s own citizens. As noted by many of the top U.S. commanders there is a strategy now and it has been working but the insistence by the politicians to pull out is undermining everything that military is trying to accomplish in Iraq. “Coalition forces thus must have enough time to develop the local relationships and intelligence needed to counter changing insurgent tactics” (Swabb, 2007).
In the past it was believed that violence would decrease as the U.S. started to pull out the troops but unfortunately for the Iraqi people that has proved to be terribly wrong. The Iraqis are not yet able to provide security even in secure areas of Baghdad without coalition forces there to help. This has been evident in the past few months with the vehicle IED’s that have taken out the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in August and the Ministry of Justice just last month on October 25. “Apparently, most Iraqis care more about security then they do about the presence of US forces” (Swabb, 2007).
It is no coincidence that these acts of violence have only sprung up since the June 30 pull out of all US forces from the major cities including Baghdad. “As an Iraqi, I say without hesitation: the American forces should stay here, and further reinforcements should be sent if the situation requires them” (Fadhil, 2007).
So what is the most likely situation should we completely withdraw troops from Iraq? Most likely there will be an increase in violence as a struggle for control over the country will ensue. And of course you can be sure that other countries such as Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia would try to get into the mix for control over the wealth and natural resources located here in Iraq. This can only mean one thing and that is a civil war in Iraq. The government can’t even keep the people safe from insurgents right now much less if there were a full pullout from coalition forces and no one here to help in case the situation quickly deteriorated. “The cost of liberating Europe in the last century was enormous in blood and treasure. In fact, it took half a century of American military presence thereafter to protect those nations from subsequent threats” (Fadhil, 2007).
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Indeed it did take many American lives and time to help secure Europe and the same consideration should be given to the Middle East. This is a war we can win but it has to be done over time and can’t be a quick fix.
Now there are also a number of reasons why we should leave Iraq. There are some very influential arguments to be made on why we are no longer needed in Iraq and how they should start to take care of their own problems. “The Bush administration’s many mistakes in Iraq – invading for the wrong reasons and without enough troops, as well as not having a clear strategy for Iraq’s political transition and reconstruction – have undermined U.S. power and its reputation” (Katulis, 2007).
It’s argued that the U.S. presence in Iraq is costing the American people way to much. In his report Katulis (2007) stated that, “The costs of the current course are unsustainable – nearly 2,500 U.S. military personnel killed and 18,000 wounded, more than $300 billion spent, and U.S. ground forces stretched to the breaking point.” With the number of troops currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan it does not leave the U.S. with a lot of reserve forces in case something arises in the future. Iraq needs to start worrying about themselves and step up to the plate and not rely on the U.S. as a crutch.
The Iraq conflict is one in which many sides can be taken and lines drawn but at the end of the day I think you have to look at what is best for America in the long run. Although our troops are stretched thin and money is being spent at an incredible rate this is one problem we cannot run away from. Whether you like it or not we are invested in Iraq now and by pulling out prematurely would only ensure our failure there. Just as stated before with the time and effort that was required to secure Europe the same consideration should be given to the Middle East. We can and should stay in Iraq until the job is done but more pressure should be put on the Iraqis and others to take control and do something to secure their own futures.
The paper discusses the present situation of Iraq and United States considering the war relation they had since last few years. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the motives for Iraq-US war. However, here we neglect those motives and focus on the changes Iraq has been undergoing at present. The three main changes discussed here are: removal of US troops from Iraq’s territory, the ...
Fadhil, M. (2007).
A Baghdad plea: U.S. should stay and fight. Retrieved November 27, 2009
Katulis, B. (2007).
The United States must leave Iraq. Opposing Viewpoints: National Security
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Swabb, E. (2007).
The US needs to stay in Iraq. Retrieved November 28, 2009 from: