San Francisco (Obama.net)- In the year 2009, President Obama entered one of his many press conferences and announced that a high percentage of troops would be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of August 2010. In addition, Obama said that all combat in Iraq would also come to an end at the same time.
During another press conference on Monday, President Barack Obama stepped to the podium and announced that the plans were on schedule and that by August 31st, 2010 there would be no more fighting in Iraq and the troops there would in fact be reduced drastically.
A grand total of 31,000 American troops will be leaving Iraq this month. All of the remaining United States soldiers in the Middle Eastern state will now have only one duty. And that will focus on assisting and training Iraq’s military and police in an effort to make Iraq even more stable and self-sufficient for the long term.
Obama made it clear that the lives of America troops may not be safe even with the change in priorities. “The hard truth is we have not seen the end of American sacrifice in Iraq. But make no mistake, our commitment in Iraq is changing from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats,” according to President Obama.
After over one million Americans have served in the Iraq War, President Obama has made it clear that in these final days of tension, all of the hard work and risk has been worth it.
Obama’s plan will also result in a slight increase in troops in Afghanistan to 96,000 in September.
As the Iraq War is finally appearing to near its end, the citizens of the United States of America can look at President Barack Obama and see that he has fulfilled one of his biggest goals. And with the shift now to the war in Afghanistan, time will tell how long it takes President Obama to stabilize the state and further ease the tensions in the Middle East.