The U.S. military ordeal in Iraq is scheduled to end in December, but the Pentagon seems to be unwilling to let go. For months we’ve witnessed the bizarre spectacle of U.S. military officials practically begging Iraqi leaders to ‘invite’ American troops to stay longer. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen is at it again this week in Baghdad, trying to get the Iraqi government to change the 2008 U.S.-Iraq security agreement.
Until recently, President Obama has held to his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. troops by the end of the year, but now his administration is waffling and has suggested through unnamed sources that it would like to keep at least 10,000 troops there beyond the December 31 cut-off date. I think we need to send a clear and unequivocal message from the American people against this insanity.
I’ve been imagining an ‘open letter’ to the Iraqi people that might go something like this:
“We write to reassure you that the American people do not want U.S. military forces to remain in your country beyond the agreed date of December 31. Most of us never wanted our troops to invade and attempt to occupy your country in the first place. While we oppose any further U.S. attempts to intervene militarily, we want to express our friendship and support for the Iraqi people. We hope that our governments can develop a new foundation of cooperative relations based on mutual respect and sovereign equality. We pledge to work for greater peace and understanding between our peoples.”
Any takers? Is this worth trying?