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    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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Everywhere you go in the United States, you hear people talking about making the federal government smaller. Many conservatives are considering revolting against the federal government and making the states more powerful.

Even in the state of Florida, our governor is refusing money from the federal government to build high speed rail. Our governor believes that our state could end up owing the entire $2.4 billion back to the government, if there are problems with the construction and the project is not completed. Based on his studies, there are too many “ifs and maybes” to risk the taxpayer’s hard earned money and resources.

Many governors in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Ohio, and Florida have decided that they will solve their own problems with limited interference from the federal government. Many of these states are controlled by conservative legislatures and governors, and they want to limit union intervention, and collective bargaining. They believe that they have a mandate from the people, and the same philosophy is prevalent with Republicans in the federal Congress.

These Republicans in the Congress are conservative, and believe that they were sent to Washington with a mission. Their goal is to cut spending and help to shrink the federal government. Even though the budget was $3.1 trillion when Bush was president, they want to turn back the hands of time.

The Republicans argue with the Democrats, and the Democrats argue with the Republicans over $100 billion in cuts. Both parties know that $100 billion is a small percentage of the budget, and they are fighting over peanuts. When the proposed budget for 2012 is $3.7 trillion, and the deficit is $1.3 trillion, there are other fundamental problems with balancing our federal budget.

Our country continues to fight one major war that is costing on the average, $9 billion a month and we are also dumping around $5 billion a month in Iraq, and there is no telling what the expense to keep bases around the world.  It is obvious fighting wars that we can not win is a terrible strategy, and a drain on our resources and funds.

Somewhere in President Obama campaign and the reality of Washington, our country is caught between a rock and a hard place. Cutting social programs for the poor, minorities, women, children and the elderly is no way to run the richest country on earth. Our politicians are looking in the wrong places to cut expenses.

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President Obama was right when he stated that the rich 2% of our population needs to pay more taxes, because of our deficits, and they can afford it. By the same token, our international corporations and conglomerates can afford to pay more taxes. The middle class, the poor, and the small businesses should receive a break on taxes.

It is time for the president to take a position and establish his leadership role in the Congress, and with the conservative governors around the country. The president must take the initiative and establish where the right places to make the cuts in his budget. Shutting down some of the military bases around the world could save our country billions.

Our country could save billions by stopping policing the world and stop financing corrupt governments who we want to be our friends. Finally, we should stop fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq and redirect the savings to balance our budget, and improve our infrastructure.

Many of the cuts that Republicans and the Democrats are making are for show. If they are serious about balancing our budget, they will help end the wars, and tax the people and the corporations in the country who can afford to pay.