Local Reaction on Iraq Pullout
President Barack Obama’s plan to bring an end to the war in Iraq is drawing praise from republicans tonight but criticism from some democrats. Here’s what the President is proposing. He wants U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by September of next year. He wants to leave 50,000 troops in place until the end of 2011. They will focus on training and supporting Iraqi forces and protecting U.S. diplomats and civilians. The President announced his plans while commending soldiers at Camp LeJuene, North Carolina.
“We sent our troops to Iraq to do away with Saddam Hussein’s regime and you got the job done. To help establish a sovereign government, and you got the job done.” Many democrats wanted the President to call for a quicker withdrawal. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is among those denouncing the President’s plan to keep 50,000 troops in Iraq.
From the nation’s capital to the state’s capital, Jon Fairbanks has been talking to folks in town about what they think of the President’s decision to pull troops out of Iraq.
The President’s deadline is getting mixed reaction here in Baton Rouge. Since the War in Iraq began, 83 members of the military from Louisiana have been killed according to the Department of Defense. The fighting has also cost local taxpayers billions of dollars. Still, folks are split on the President’s decision.
Rosaland Walker is for the pullout, “I think they’ve done their duty, they have served our country, protected us, went over there, protected people that we don’t even know, they’ve one their duty time to bring them home.” Randy Hays is against the pullout, “You’re still leaving some troops, there’s potential you will put them in harms way.”