Fleetwood Reflects on End of Iraq War

Posted on February 3, 2012 by

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On 21 October 2011, President Obama announced the end of the Iraq war and the beginning of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region. In December, the final remaining troops left Iraq, and the war that began nine years ago finally ended.

The debate will go on whether or not the war in Iraq was really worth it. Over nine years, there were over 4,000 American casualties. Over $700 billion was spent on the war effort as well, making it the second costliest conflict in U.S. history, behind only World War II.

In March 2003, the war effort officially began. It started when leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States became suspicious of weapons of mass destruction being hidden in the region. These weapons were never found.

Now that the war is over, the U.S. is facing a very large amount of debt. Most of this debt will be going to health costs. Veterans of the Iraq war will be applying for health benefits and will be looking for more advanced medical treatment.

President Obama said that the end of the war was an “extraordinary achievement” that was “nine years in the making.” Originally as an Illinois senator, Obama was against the war in Iraq, and it was one of his Presidential campaign goals to withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of this year.

“I am happy that the war is finally going to be coming to an end,” said Fleetwood freshman Michael Norton, “although I do think that it went on too long and should have ended sooner.”

Since the war started, the Iraqi people have held several peaceful, successful elections. Its government is now run by those who had suffered under a brutal conflict over the past decade.

A new challenge awaits those coming home from Iraq. A transition back into America, starting with getting a job, will be faced by large numbers of troops who have returned home.

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