As the president of US, Obama used his powers as the country’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief of State, Commander in Chief, Chief Legislator and Chief Diplomat to make tough decisions to withdraw American troops from the volatile Iraq. It was necessary for him to take such an action because it would be necessary for saving more lives, exercising the country’s sovereignty and aligning its foreign policies. These were necessary for the economic prosperity of the country which had suffered a great deal.
I would like to commend President Obama for discharging his mandate as the president of US. To me, he diligently fulfilled his roles. This war was bad since it had led to the loss of over 4,400 US soldiers. Besides, it would enable the country to rebuild its damaged reputation in the international scene. Even if the withdrawal of US military in Iraq created a vacuum for the ISIL insurgents, it was healthy for US-Iraqi relations as it received the nod of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
But now that the president has “re-started” the war in Iraq — with limited airstrikes against the terrorist group ISIS, which has thrived in the vacuum created, in part, by our total exit — he is not in such a buoyantly boastful mood.
“The leaders of all the major Iraqi parties had privately told American commanders that they wanted several thousand military personnel to remain, to train Iraqi forces and to help track down insurgents,” according to a definitive account in The New Yorker by Dexter Filkins.
American officials negotiating with the Iraqis were left without guidance from the White House for months, and when Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki offered to sign an executive agreement — bypassing the problematic Iraq parliament — the administration said “no.”
Without the United States as an honest broker, it has been downhill ever since. Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, the former deputy commander in Iraq, told Filkins, “Everything that has