500 Words – The Troops Should Stay in Iraq

HMMWV in Baghdad, Iraq

After writing my previous 500 Words post, Iraq is Beyond the Global War on Terror, my friend cetroyer told me that he disagreed with my viewpoint. I knew I had crossed some line when my brother Jacob agreed with me. We never agree on politics. I urged cetroyer to write a counter-argument as a guest writer (I do allow guest writers here). However, cetroyer couldn’t find the time or motivation to write the post. He did do some of the research and passed it on to me. Since I wouldn’t be a good debater if I couldn’t argue both sides, I decided to write the counter-argument post for him using his research.

You Can’t Support the Troops Without Supporting the War

As stated in an earlier blog post about a former POW, you simply cannot support the troops in Iraq without supporting the war. As cetroyer so eloquently put it, “It is a conflicting statement to say ‘I support you, but not what you are doing'”.

One Soldier in Iraq said in this YouTube video, “If you’re going to support us, support us all the way.”

So can you support the troops and the war and still say, “I’d like to see the troops come home?” I personally still think you can want the troops to come home and still support the troops and the war. However, there’s a big difference between wanting the troops to come home (losing the war) and wanting the troops to come home only after the job has been finished.

A lot of these Soldiers just want to do their job. They don’t want some pesky American back home shouting, “Troops home now!” There’s already enough red-tape and politics in a Soldier’s life. Why add more?

In my original post calling for the troops to come home I said these words:

I understand the consequences if we leave Iraq. We’ll have to deal with Iran being a severe threat to national security. We’ll have to deal with Iraq becoming a terrorist haven. We’ll have to deal with the terrorists proclaiming victory over the “mighty” U.S.

But are any of those consequences not already a reality? Iran is already a threat. Iraq is already a terrorist haven. And terrorists are already claiming victory. Our Soldiers over there are nothing but target practice to them.

I still think that the Iraqis are using our Soldiers as cannon fodder, but if the troops want to stay and fight, then let them fight. I’ve never been to Iraq. I don’t know what it’s like there. But if some Soldier tells me he wants to go back, I have to assume that it’s for a good reason. I still don’t think Iraq should be the central focus in the Global War on Terror, but we shouldn’t leave until either the job is finished, or the Generals say that we have done the best we could do.

Hard is Not Hopeless

Lieutenant General David Petraeus said during a Senate Armed Services committee, “This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we’re in. Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk.”

Nobody could have expected Iraq to turn out like it is now. Americans thought we were the victor. Americans thought we were liberators. We are liberators, but not yet victors. But the ball is in Iraq’s court. The Iraqis have to want freedom and set aside their religious differences. We can’t have the bloods and crips running Iraq.

America is Weary

In a post about ten myths of the Iraq war, the author points out that since the 18th century Americans have grown weary of any war lasting longer than three years. Our involvement in Iraq has so far lasted about as long as our involvement in World War II.

It’s rather depressing to look at a map of the Middle East and see how small Iraq really is and how much trouble the country is causing for the United States.

However, we must press on. All Americans should want a free Iraq. If we turn our backs on Iraq, what country would ever trust us? America needs to take some caffeine pills and press on so that at least the troops can come home to a nation that supported them fully.

There are some in Iraq who really believe that we’re doing something noble. Once such person is Michael Yon, who wrote an incredible post about his experiences as an embedded journalist in Mosul, Iraq. He greatly admires the troops and what the troops have accomplished in Mosul. He greatly admires the Iraqis as well.

Conclusion

We must stay in Iraq until the job is finished or the Generals agree that staying in Iraq is no longer necessary. Americans should let the troops do their job. These troops have volunteered to serve their country and have re-enlisted in record numbers. We’ve been in Iraq for almost four years now. It’s been tough on us. It’s been tough on my family seeing that my sister has served two tours in Iraq.

While our troops are over there, we have to support the troops and the war.

That’s my 500 Words.

12 Comments

  1. Good job on writing up the counterpoint, Ronalfy. If my tired brain can think of any other points later, I'll chip in. 🙂

    cetroyer

  2. You are a really good writer. I needed an idea on how to atleast, sorta start off my debate and I was caught with this. I was supose to write how 'Why should we keep the troops in Iraq'. I am so stoked! I never really thought about it like that but now I do. I promise I wont copy it.

  3. Your a good writer. You helped me a ot on my speech for my communications class.

    Thank you:)

  4. Could you please put up the sources you used? Thanks

  5. Chris »

    This is an opinion article, and is also actually part of a debate where both sides are argued. The sources are the linked articles.

  6. Right on! Many fine soldiers have given their lifes
    for the cause of Iraqi freedom, so let us continue
    so that the honor of these brave soldiers shall be
    noble. However, let this “war” be waged in such a
    way that the U. S. military can achieve victory as soon as possible and all supplies and weapons systems
    are provided to them so that they can do the job.
    My heart goes out to all the brave families of these
    great American soldiers and the sacrifices that they have endured. Thanks to all these soldiers and their supporting families. We appreciate you!!

  7. I served as a Marine machine gunner in Kunar Province, Afghanistan and an infantry squad leader in Haditha, Iraq. I agree, for the most part, on your opinion of the situation. Just from my experience in interacting with the people in Iraq; I have doubts about a Democratic government succeeding there. I was there during the elections, and it’s hard to believe that it was in any way a fair election. It is hard to understand if you don’t have any idea of how complicated the situation on the ground is(not saying that you don’t know). The amount of corruption in all aspects of government and security is incredibly disturbing. In the end though, I believe 100 percent in our involvement there and that we should continue to stay. Both times I returned; countless American people thanked me for serving my country. Truthfully, I never looked at it as serving my “country”, but more as promoting and defending the idea of FREEDOM, and I would volunteer to go back 100 more times and even give my life in an attempt to give the Iraqi and Afghani people that basic human right.

  8. This article is amazing, it helped me out so much in my english class. Great article, your a good writer.

  9. I agree with you all the way. Those damn democrats are saying that the American troops should go home. What nonsense!

  10. It’s time to admit the truth: the war in Iraq is due to oil and government contracts to private companies, not knocking down the Towers and killing so many Americans. The White House knew these terrorists were in the country and did NOTHING! They waste time and money chasing after Mexican illigals who do us no phyiscal harm, and are doing jobs most American lazy pelple will not lower themselves to do! QUIT LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT why we are in Iraq! We have oil resources here in American we could appropriate but for the goody two shoes who are on the side of minows, the gnats, the rats and the worms on the earth and care nothing about the people. Save the Whales, sacrifice the people! This country is being led by IDIOTS who are only interested in lining their pockets. WANT TO BE RICH? BECOME A CONGRESSMAN!

  11. Thanks for this awesome website. I have a persuasive speech to do for school and I now know what to do it on. Thank you! And if I may ask you one thing: what is your sisters’ opinion on the war? Tell her I said thank you for serving our country

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