war in iraq, iraq war is over- Obama


War in iraq is over. Obama stated all the US troopsWar in iraq is over. Obama stated all the US troops will be back to USA. Obama declared that unpopular war in iraq will be over by year’s end and all US troops will be at home for the holidays.

Iraq War has been 8 years old. Iraq war cost US heavily. It has been stated that 4400 military members have been killed and around 33000 have been wounded.

President Obama’s national security team met at the White House to discuss their response to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. A few days earlier the group had posted horrific video of the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, and calls for a severe response were growing fast. The United States was already conducting limited air strikes in Iraq to try to halt the group’s alarming spread across the country, but Obama’s advisers now were recommending more controversial strikes across the border in Syria.

Yet Obama, who had fended off calls for military action in the region for more than two years at such meetings despite pleas from his advisers, was still frustrated with his options. While he grasped the urgency of the ISIL threat, Obama said, he still wasn’t convinced he had a coherent plan to justify action in Syria. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” he had said a day earlier, drawing chortles from his critics. “We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans.” In private, he reiterated that view to his national security team.

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 After the meeting, Secretary of State John Kerry called together his top aides and asked them to work through the weekend to produce a memo that would answer Obama’s question. The document — which spelled out a comprehensive strategy that included military, diplomatic, humanitarian and communication efforts — argued that Syria and Iraq could not be treated as two separate theaters, and helped to sell the reluctant president on strikes in Syria, which began two weeks later. Obama called the war he’d been so wary of starting a “relentless effort” to help ensure that “those who offer only hate and destruction [are] vanquished from the Earth.”

But two months later, Obama is once again seeking strategic clarity amid mixed results on the ground and a rising call of complaints that he launched the war without fully committing to doing what was necessary to win it. Even as Obama dispatched another 1,500 troops to Iraq Friday, nearly doubling the existing force — and with a new senior general headed to the country soon, according to a Defense Department source — coalition allies and his own secretary of defense are warning that his war plan needs a rethink.

That problem has been compounded — according to interviews in recent days with more than a dozen current and former administration officials, experts and diplomats — by a lack of senior officials with deep expertise in Iraq and Syria and by a policymaking process hounded by rivalries and unclear leadership. Kerry’s State Department has clashed with the Pentagon, Congress is complaining about not being consulted – and officials say there’s no clear very senior owner of the war in the White House since the president finally made the call to embark on it.

“No one’s in charge of the policy. That’s a really big problem,” said one former U.S. government official with detailed knowledge of the ISIL fight.

In Obama’s first term, that person was Vice President Joe Biden: “Joe, you do Iraq,” Obama told Biden in mid-2009. But Biden’s role has receded since the December 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops. As a result, when ISIL rampaged through Iraq earlier this year, U.S. policy toward the country it occupied at the cost of so much blood and treasure just a decade ago was managed by a mid-level State Department official — former George W. Bush aide Brett McGurk, who had been called back into service by a shorthanded administration desperate for his detailed knowledge of Iraq’s political dynamics.

 

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