U.S. Troops Withdrawal

The American war in Iraq has revealed the inconsistencies of the U. S. foreign military policies. Apart from killing thousands of the American soldiers, the United States has proved to be unable to withdraw the American troops from the Iraqi territories in time. This political reluctance is partially justified by the fear that the U. S. troops withdrawal will raise even more violence in Iraq. However, as the whole world is turning into a single large hotspot, the troops withdrawal from Iraq could help achieve several political goals at once. Proponents of troops withdrawal suggest that it will protect thousands of soldiers’ lives.

Opponents view withdrawal as the direct pathway to political chaos in Iraq. However, this problem should be reconsidered from several different angles. Withdrawal of the American troops from Iraq will save thousands of American lives, will strengthen the United States’ positive international image, and will prepare the military forces for revamping on the war in Afghanistan. The U. S. troops withdrawal will make the U. S. better prepared to facing domestic security challenges, and will re-direct its political attention to other major areas of concern (North Korea and Iran). U.

S. Troops Withdrawal Introduction The American war in Iraq has revealed the inconsistencies of the U. S. foreign military policies. Apart from killing thousands of the American soldiers, the United States has proved to be unable to withdraw the American troops from the Iraqi territories in time. This political reluctance is partially justified by the fear that the U. S. troops withdrawal will raise even more violence in Iraq. However, as the whole world is turning into a single large hotspot, the troops withdrawal from Iraq could help achieve several political goals at once.

Proponents of troops withdrawal suggest that it will protect thousands of soldiers’ lives. Opponents view withdrawal as the direct pathway to political chaos in Iraq. However, this problem should be reconsidered from several different angles. Withdrawal of the American troops from Iraq will save thousands of American lives, will strengthen the United States’ positive international image, and will prepare the military forces for revamping on the war in Afghanistan. The U. S. troops withdrawal will make the U. S.

better prepared to facing domestic security challenges, and will re-direct its political attention to other major areas of concern (North Korean and Iran). Statistics suggests that the increasing number of injuries and deaths among American soldiers in Iraq could justify the need for withdrawal of the American troops from the Iraqi territory. “Tens of thousands of people have died in Iraq since the US-led invasion of March 2003. Although it is known that 4,300 coalition of soldiers have died, 4,000 of them Americans, it is unclear how many Iraqi lives have been lost” (BBC, 2008).

The number of those having been injured in Iraq is even higher; as a result, the U. S. troops’ withdrawal from Iraq may save thousands of the American soldiers’ lives. Moreover, the troop surge has already decreased violence in Iraq; that is why it is high time when the American troops were relocated and withdrawn. Researchers assert that “civilian deaths of all categories, less natural causes, have declined considerably, by over 45 percent Iraq-wide since the height of the sectarian violence in December.

The level of civilian deaths is clearly still to high and continues to be of serious concern, but the overall trajectory in Iraq – a steady decline of incidents is still quite significant” (The Washington Post, 2007). In other words, even if American military approaches in Iraq have not been 100% efficient, the U. S. troops have proven to be effective in preventing the proliferation of violence in the Iraqi territories. Unfortunately, taking into account the never ending debate as for the relevance and effectiveness of the American invasion into Iraq, the United States may lose its positive social image in the international political arena.

More and more countries are coming to realize the futility of the American efforts in fighting violence in Iraq. China was the first to harshly criticize the American military approaches to Iraqi problems. Chinese authorities sincerely believe that the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity in Iraq should be respected. “France continually threatened to veto any U. S. or British resolution to the UN regarding military action. France refused to participate in any military action, unless Iraq uses chemical or biological weapons on invading forces” (Global Security, 2007).

Germany and Russia joined those opposing views, suggesting that Iraqi invasion would have long-term negative consequences for the whole world. With time, Britain refused to participate in the Iraqi campaign, and the United States appeared absolutely unprotected in the face of the growing international opposition. Such opposition could gradually lead the United to political isolation. Here, withdrawing American troops from Iraq could pave the way to warmer relations between the U. S.

, Russia, and China and form a strong political alliance with them. Moreover, bearing in mind the negative Middle Eastern attitudes toward the American initiatives in Iraq (Global Security, 2007), the United States could guarantee the effectiveness and stability of its political relations with the countries of the Middle East. Ultimately, such Middle Eastern negativity is further aggravated by the increasing violence in Afghanistan, and American troops could be re-located to serve peacemaking purposes there. Violence in Afghanistan increases.

“Violence in Afghanistan will continue rise this year, as Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters have proved resilient and aggressive foes against coalition forces, according to a new Pentagon report” (White, 2008). Afghanistan is constantly struggling with its domestic violence, and seems unable to defeat the growing Taliban forces without external support. “The Taliban is likely to maintain or even increase the scope and pace of its terrorist attacks and bombings in 2008” (Walsh, 2007). Thus, by withdrawing troops from Iraq, the United States may help Afghanistan maintain stability and peace in its territory.

While violent attacks in Afghanistan are characterized by dramatic upturn, the U. S. troops may resolve the majority of peacemaking issues in the country. Thus, the U. S. troops’ withdrawal may help the United States restructure its military efforts in the Middle East, while having our troops in Iraq will further weaken our military forces, instead. Iraq has already killed several thousand American soldiers. Many of them have returned home injured and unable to return to normal life. While America is fighting with domestic security challenges, the American troops in Iraq could be successfully relocated to fight natural disasters within the U.

S. Even if the United States views its military forces as the only effective instrument for fighting aggression in Iraq, it should also reconsider the importance of training and financial support which it could potentially offer to Iraqi officials. It should be noted, that Iraq continues rejecting any financial aid from the United States (Abbas, 2008), but withdrawing troops from Iraq will form favorable political environment, in which the two countries will finally come to an agreement.

The problem is that the United States has initially limited the set of available peacemaking options to military aggression; yet, financial assistance and training could substantially improve the situation in Iraq. Financial assistance and training would subsequently eliminate the need to send American soldiers to Iraq; and they would be granted a chance to return home and to work for the benefit of their country on their own territory.

Unfortunately, the Iraqi lawmakers did not initially welcome the American withdrawal initiatives (Partlow, 2007), but with time, they have come to realize the need for American troops’ withdrawal from Iraq, as the step that would protect American soldiers’ lives and would also help resolve local religious tensions. Iraqi lawmakers were hesitant as for the need for the American troops’ withdrawal from Iraq (Partlow, 2007). “The vote for the security deal followed months of tough talks between U. S. and Iraqi negotiators that at times teetered on collapse.

[…] Iraq will have strict oversight over the nearly 150,000 American troops now on the ground, representing a step toward full sovereignty for Iraq” (Torcia, 2008). Finally, many religious communities in Iraq will free themselves from the humiliation and frustration that might have felt in the American presence. Moreover, Iraq has already ceased to be a strategic threat to the United States, and the U. S. troops’ withdrawal will provide Iraqi authorities with more decision-making freedom. Iraq is no longer our fight. We have completed our mission there, and the time has come when the U.

S. troops should be redeployed. The American troops’ withdrawal will substantially decrease external pressures on Iraqi military professionals and lawmakers. Bearing in mind the existing tensions between religious Iraqi communities, the U. S. presence could aggravate the situation and prevent those small religious groups from arriving to a single peaceful agreement. The United States must withdraw its troops from Iraq, and the Withdrawal pact indicates the growing national and international understanding for the fact that the war in Iraq has finally come to an end.

Conclusion All of us feel concerned for the lives of the young soldiers, who were sent to promote peace in Iraq. By withdrawing troops from Iraq, thousands of soldiers’ lives will be saved; Iraq will be provided with more decision-making freedom; the world will finally change its negative attitudes toward the United States as an international aggressor, while small religious communities in Iraq will no longer perceive humiliation they might have felt in the American presence. Withdrawing the U.

S. troops in Iraq may have its drawbacks, and the American nation should weigh all pros and cons of this strategy. Yet, in the light of all abovementioned issues, withdrawal of the U. S. troops from Iraq remains the only possible relevant political and human decision.

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