Teaching those to help themselves, helps us
By Dave Hon
September 17, 2010
The United States has troops all over the globe, including Germany, Japan and even military bases in Europe. So before I begin discussing my point of view on the Obama administrations decision to withdraw the troops, it’s important to first identify exactly what we mean by ‘troops.’ Obama made it his goal to end all combat operations by August 31, unfortunately there have been complications and this goal was a little belated. What this goal means though is that not all the United States’ troops will be removed from Iraq. First, the removal of combat troops is a decision that will positively affect Iraqi citizens and the citizens of the United States. The reasons for the impact on us are blatantly obvious, the impact of Iraq, not so much. Citizens in Iraq need to be responsible for their own people, including the terrorists. Our final mission was never a prolonged occupation of the nation but rather a clean-up operation. The borders were nothing more than suggestions and police and military forces could be easily bribed to turn a blind eye to terrorist activity. If you want a solid example of Iraq’s past look no further than Afghanistan or Pakistan. Now, even though occupation would appear be the most secure way of eventually deterring terrorist activities, if the past five years have taught s anything it’s that this is not true. If anything, our 5 year occupation of Iraq has caused more hatred and increased terrorist activities in the region. We need accountability in the Muslim world from Muslim leaders; otherwise it just feels like tyranny. What better way to do that than through the training of Iraqi recruits, which has been tried before with very little success. It’s important to remember though that there is a difference between Nixon’s vietnamization and the Iraq troop withdrawal. First, the opposing force isn’t as organized as the Viet Cong and secondly Al Qaeda isn’t backed by an international super power (or so we hope.) The biggest difference is that this isn’t a proxy war, but an attempt at suppressing a rogue terrorist group. So is making Iraq accountable for it’s radical citizens and occupants a reasonable goal? I would say yes, mainly because the United States does it every day.