I believe that Iraq should reimburse the United States fully for the amount of money that we have spent to liberate these people. They are not a poor country.Rep. Michele Bachmann during an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday morning.• Bachmann added that Iraq was a “wealthy country” that would be “subject to dominance by Iran and their influence in the region” once American troops withdraw by the end of the year. source (via • follow)
As promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.Barack Obama • Discussing his decision to completely end the war in Iraq, a war that has cost the U.S. more than $800 billion dollars and led to the death of thousands of servicemen and thousands more Iraqis. (Combat troops left last year, but thousands of support troops stayed behind.) While Obama had considered leaving a handful of troops in the country to help the Iraqis, the debate ends with this definitive statement. What do you all think? Did it take too long to make an exit? Or did we do it at the right pace?
hannahmaryelizabeth-deactivated asks: If possible, can you summarize in a short paragraph what has happened throughout the years since our involvment in Iraq in 2003? After the whole looking for WMD's situation.
» SFB says: Phew, big question. Basically, the invasion — which came about for controversial reasons (the hunt for weapons of mass destruction) and in the midst of a second war in Afghanistan — started with a push to remove Saddam Hussein from power. We kicked him out, then handed power over to an interim government. At the same time, the insurgency was intensifying — meaning that there were more suicide bombers, IEDs, etc. The first democratic elections came in early 2005. By October of the same year, a constitution had been approved in spite of rising violence. Throughout 2006, violence continued to rise — including more car bombings and more civilian deaths. In December, Saddam was executed for crimes against humanity. Violence began to subside mid-2007; by 2008 things improved further. The US returned the western province of Anbar to Iraqi control and the Iranian president visited. The U.S. and Iraq formed a security pact in early 2009 that said American troops would leave the country by the end of 2011. In late 2009, the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for many of the suicide bombings that year. In August 2010, the last US combat brigade left Iraq, and two months later WikiLeaks published classified documents about the US’s involvement in the war. If you want more details (there are many more), check out this timeline from the BBC. I hope that helped! — Justin @ SFB