President Obama has officially ended the war in Iraq. It has cost the United States $1 trillion, 4,500 soldiers have died, and 32,000 soldiers have been wounded. There are over 100,000 Iraqis killed in the war, and there are over 100,000 Iraqis who have been injured and wounded.

The infrastructure in the country has been demolished by bombs and war, and women and children have been mentally and physically destroyed. President Obama has been against this war before it started and many political experts believe Obama’s position on the war helped him win the election.

“As a candidate for president, I planned to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. So today, I can report that as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” said President Obama.

Many pundits and experts think this is the wrong time to end the war, because the Iraqis are not ready to stabilize and secure the country. They think the terrorist will take back control of the country, and destroy the fragile democracy being practiced today. No one knows the answer to that question, but the country is given the opportunity to stand on its own two feet.

President Obama flew to Iraq last week to thank the troops for their service. Eight years after the United States launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, and toppled Saddam Hussein, the remaining troops are on their way home. The withdrawal will be a quiet affair and a small force of 200 will be left in the country.

“Iraq is not a perfect place but we are leaving a sovereign, stable and self-reliant country, with a representative government elected by the people,” President Obama told troops in Iraq. Ending a war is a difficult process, and there will always be the question, “If this war was worth the sacrifice and all the money?”

Many in the United States do not believe that the Iraq war was about weapons of mass destruction. They believe that the Iraq war was about the control and use of their oil. There have always been sanctions on Iraq starting back in 1991, which was controlled by the U.N. Initially the amount of oil the country could export was 2 billion of oil every six months and was later increased to 5 billion of oil every six month.

The oil was primarily controlled by the US and England, and the sanctions were finally lifted in 2010. Many of the children in the country have died because the Iraqis traded food for oil. High rates of malnutrition, lack of medical supplies, and diseases from lack of clean water were reported during sanctions.

There is no telling what will happen to Iraq in the future. Oil will be the major export for the country, and there has been very little public information on whom or what countries will control the export of the oil.

President Obama has kept his promise and the ending of the war helps his foreign policy credentials. The president has had a string of successes with the death of Khadafy’s death, assassination of major Al-Qaeda figures, and the killing of Osama bin-Laden.

With the ending of the war, I hope the president will be able to save money and help create jobs. The president also may be able to cut the budget and funding of the military, because there is no war.

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