The Iraq War: Nothing To Win And Everything To Lose

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America is under attack, not necessarily from an enemy in a faraway land, but by our own government. In the current year 2010, almost 7 years after shock and awe mission that officially started the war in Iraq, the U.S. government fails to acknowledge that our efforts in the Middle East have plagued, and that it is time to bring our troops home. The surge campaigns in recent years are felt by many to be an unofficial recognition that the war isn’t going well, and many top generals have had high hopes for this military strategy, but overwhelming evidence concludes this was a short-lived success. No one can deny the financial toll the Iraq war is having on America, our country is in the middle of the worst economic crisis in recent history, and we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars a year on a war most Americans no longer agree with. Perhaps the most compelling reason we need to withdraw from Iraq, is that if you have even just a little understanding of Al Qaeda, you understand that they are an opponent that cannot be fully conquered.
In 2007, under mounting pressure from anti-war groups, and consistent polls showing Americans had become disenchanted with the Iraq war efforts, the Bush administration came up with a new tactical strategy appropriately named, “The Surge”. In a speech given by President Bush he called the surge “A new way forward” , which indirectly confirmed to many that the White House was aware of it military shortcomings in Iraq. Although the Bush administration most likely had the best of intentions, there are a few key reasons the Iraqi surge did not have sustained positive results. The surge strategy was to add 20,000 more troops to Iraq, these troops would be used in urban civilian areas where the current military forces were having a difficult time clearing out neighborhoods. There is no doubt that the surge was initially a success, but after several months it became clear the success was short-lived and the overall campaign was short sighted. Members of Al Qaeda simply left the area while it was heavily occupied, only to return when the U.S. threat was gone. There was a poll conducted by Iraq for Iraqi citizens and the overwhelming majority felt that conditions had not changed and that they themselves wished that American troops would leave they’re country. Although the primary goal of improving the lives of citizens was not fully realized there is a bigger flaw with the surge, it has a temporary goal to reduce American and Iraqi casualties, and reduce Al Quad attacks. These surges my pacify Americans for the meantime, but there is no evidence that the continued troop surges will aid in creating and maintaining a stable Iraqi state.
The most obvious reason America should withdraw from Iraq is the number of lives that have been sacrificed on foreign soil, and the monumental cost put on the American tax payers in order to sustain this war on terror. In terms of American casualties, the Iraq war has killed...

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