July 7th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Should the U.S. leave troops in Iraq past the deadline for leaving the country?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In 2008, President Obama promised over and over again to get all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of 2011. After winning the presidency, he vowed to keep that promise.

Now as that deadline for military withdrawal from Iraq approaches, he's apparently prepared to break that promise. Gee, what a surprise.

The President announced this week that he's offering to leave 10,000 U.S. troops in Iraq indefinitely, beyond the scheduled December withdrawal date. The White House says it's concerned that the planned pullout of nearly all U.S. troops at the end of the year could spark violence and trigger militant attacks there. Oh, and don't forget the oil.

Any extension of U.S. military presence depends on a formal request from Iraqi government, and so far no request has been made. But the Pentagon wants to give Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his government time to decide so if they need the help, there is time to plan. The Iraqi government is reportedly divided on whether the U.S. should leave additional troops behind and al-Maliki is facing pressure from hard line members of his own party to let the troops leave on schedule.

There are about 46,000 U.S. troops in Iraq right now. Only about 200 were supposed to remain in the country in "advisory" roles beyond December to train security forces there. The White House said yesterday that's still the Pentagon's plan and that time for the Iraqi government to ask for the troops to stay is running out. What'll you bet they ask.

Meanwhile there are discussions about cutting Social Security and Medicare to deal with a ballooning national debt and deficit caused at least in part by the war in Iraq which so far has cost an estimated $1 trillion. Makes a lot of sense.

Here’s my question to you: Should the U.S. leave troops in Iraq past the deadline for leaving the country?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jack, aren't you tired of the U.S. providing the world's security? The U.S. should have departed Iraq sometime ago. The U.S. should cease protecting the world unilaterally. Time for all other nations to participate with manpower and funds. The U.S. and Britain are the principal nations opposing tyrants. Why does the United Nations continually ignore their role to provide for a secure world?

Marvin in Polo, Missouri:
Definitely not. The Iraqis are quite willing and capable of killing each other without our troops, money and weaponry. Wish them good luck, and bid them farewell.

It may be necessary to leave some troops, but the majority will be brought home. This is no big deal. Circumstances control what he does and for me he has made good decisions on the war.

Mel in Houston, Texas:
No, unless the leader of Iraq gets on local TV and makes a public request for the U.S. to stay a longer period of time. Possibly a speech before their Parliament so that the citizens of Iraq can see that the U.S. is not an occupier.

Please don't leave any troops in Iraq. Let that region's history unfold as it will. Ditto with Afghanistan. Get on with governing an America which puts its own citizens first, and concentrates solely on bettering the home country for everyone who lives there. In case you hadn't noticed, while you were wasting trillions on useless wars, America has fallen into a deep pit of overspending, foreclosures and unemployment.

I feel the U.S.A. needs to get most of the troops out of Iraq as soon as possible. What is the President thinking? This huge budget mess we are facing in this country is highly due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. How can they even think of cutting Social Security, Medicare, etc. from our seniors and disabled citizens at the cost of these wars? I am 60 years old and feel my future is very uncertain.

Terry in Chandler, Arizona:
How many ways do I need to respond with "No" for my reply to be read on air Jack?

Filed under: Iraq • Troop Withdrawals • U.S. Army • United States Military
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. marlene

    No, we should pull out all of the troops. But the US won't, just look at Iraq, we still have troops there. Marlene in Mich

    July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  2. Loren

    Why would we want to? Either we are good to our word or we aren't. For too long the U.S. has behaved as if what it says and does are two different things and that has harmed us immeasurably in the world. It is time to start behaving as if we are part of this world and not above it.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  3. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes, there will be troops left in Iraq after the deadline. The United States has it's largest embassy in Iraq. The embassy cost $600,000,000.00 to build. We need at least an army brigade to secure it. Then we will still have the mission of training the police and military of Iraq. The embassy and the training mission must continue or we face another dictatorship in Iraq. But no matter how well we do, the nation of Iraq, might still be lost to another dictator.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  4. Barbara Leavitt

    No Jack,
    and why? So they can hate us even more than they do. To hell with it
    bring our troops home. The people of Iraq will go back to killing each
    other and no more of our men and women will die over a cause we
    can do nothing about. Thanks to Mr. Bush.

    Henderson Nevada

    July 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  5. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    Absolutely not. We were never supposed to be there and every day we remain makes the problems that much worse. We should get totally out of the near east and retire a few hundred generals. All we have to do to fight terrorism is to enforce our immigration laws.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  6. Barbara Leavitt

    This something for not only the healthy but wealthy. Certainly not meant for the poor and struggling people of this world. So~no. ( And won't they
    be thrilled to hear that!!)

    Henderson Nevada

    July 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  7. bonnie from NJ

    Considering we should not have been there in the first place, NO NO NO!!!! We are only inciting terrorists by staying in these countries, bring our troops and money home. These questions are so infuriating when you consider what is going on right now with domestic programs taking a big hit but yet we waste billions of our tax dollars in Iraq, Afganistan etc.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  8. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    No way. Going past the deadline defeats the whole meaning and purpose of the word "deadline" in the first place, and makes the US look more wishy-washy than people already perceive we are. Our troops have been in Iraq long enough. If the Iraqis haven't learned how to take care of themselves by now, they never will, and we're just spinning our wheels if we stay. Let's get the troops out of there and move on.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  9. unclefestus

    Maintaining troops in Iraq will be an inevitability. It will be no different than maintaining bases in South Korea, Germany, Japan, Italy, Kosovo, and kuwait. We'll undoubtedly maintain troops in Iraq for two reasons. First, there's the all important oil, the lifeblood of our economy. We've been there twice in the last two decades in order to protect the oil supply, similar to our troop deposits in Kuwait, American soldiers will remain in Iraq in part to ensure the stability of the global oil supply. Second, with the Middle East serving as the base of anti-terror operations, and the focus of American foreign policy, we'll need to maintain sufficient troops in the region. It will allow us to exert tremendous influence over the Iraqi government, which is a major player in the region. It also allows for a base of operations to launch regional offensives if need be, particularly if our anti-terror strategy moving forward is based upon special forces operations. I'd also be willing to speculate that maintaining a military force in Iraq checks, or at least allows for a rapid response to the growing threat in Iran.

    -Uncle Festus

    July 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  10. guido

    Absolutely, we have to preserve american interest. How are we going to leave the security exclusively to Halliburton and their subsidiaries. First the sum of money of a dead US soldier is way cheaper than a private security detail. So, we have to keep our oil cheap and american running on the cheap. America first, that what our politian will address to the american public while attempting to convince the iraqi people that unless we stay in their country they are all going to be slaughter by the terroristn who happens to be increasing their attacks against iraqi civilian and their whole society to nmake sure the country keep the us troops in place and they will be able to keep selling the whole jihad crap. Remember, if we leave they can't not longer justify their actions. How are they will justify the killing of sunny arabs and kurds? Al qaeda will dissapear if we leaven even shiites will not risk a civil war in the name of a war against America if America not longer have deployed soldiers in their homeland. We have to stay, otherwise we will have to create another war soon for the military aparatus to keep rolling.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  11. Jayne

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no . . . a thousand times no.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  12. Bill

    Absolutely not. We should never have invaded this country. This is Bush's vendeta for a comment Sadham Husein made about Georgie's father. George 41 set this people up in the gulf war, then deserted them after they aided us, thus causing the punishment to their people that followed our desertion. Now is the time for them to stand on their own. We have done enoyugh damage there. Time to go away.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  13. Rick, Medina, OH


    We had no purpose there ... our enemy is a clique ... a cabal ... not a country. We should find a safe way to remove our troops, and dispose of the last remnants of our stockpiles of napalm on poppy fields!

    Medina, OH

    July 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  14. Joan Passine

    Jack, I don't think any troops should be left in the middle east at all. The big brass at the Pentagon are recommending staying, but of course, that's their bread and butter. Without a war somewhere, what would they do. Let's bring our troops home and if they need something to do, put them on the borders of Canada and particularly Mexico to protect this country from the illegals trying to get in.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  15. Patsy, Texas

    Jack, troops will have to be left in Iraq to guard the largest, most
    expensive US Embassy in the world. Another "gift" from
    George W. Bush on the American people's back. This $700M
    monstrosity has never been explained as to the need for the
    size nor the cost annually to taxpayers. So the answer is not
    "should", the answer is YES. The pain will never end, not
    heartache, not financially, not ever.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  16. Bill in New Mexico


    The U.S. must become realistic on what it spending capabilities are.

    The U.S. has a huge debt and an annual budget deficit that is out of control. There is a lot of spending that the U.S. can no longer be doing.

    The U.S. can no longer be maintaining armies and can no longer police the world.

    The so-called entitlements must be cut as well as the military.

    The U.S. must recognize that it is no longer the economical powerhouse that it once was.


    Get the soldiers out of Iraq and all foreign countries.

    The huge debt is the overwhelming enemy, and must be dealt with now.

    Each and every delay allows this debt to become larger and more difficult to deal with.

    Default will be worse than we can imagine.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  17. Carla from Birmingham, Alabama

    No. Jack, if you left your wallet on the table at a strip club you should have been ashamed to go to in the first place, and you went back and retrieved the wallet, would you leave some cash behind on the table just to leave a "presence" there?

    The shameful wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have caused economic disaster here at home - and we never belonged in either place. Why leave even one of our precious HUMAN assets behind when we pull out?

    July 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  18. Phyllis G. Williams

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I Should the U.S. leave troops in Iraq past the deadline for leaving the country?

    If IRAQ has a good Government, they should be able to answer that Question correctly.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  19. Tom in Desoto, TX

    No. If they stay they will never leave. Troops have been in South Korea for 60 years.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  20. Richard C.

    Leaving troops in Iraq after the deadline is like getting mad after you lose a poker hand; it serves no purpose and shows you shouldn't have been in the game in the first place. Get the troops out ASAP because nothing will change in a country that wants to remain in their own 'medieval period.' Ditto for Afghanistan!
    Malvern, PA.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  21. Pete in Georgia

    We seem to leave troops everywhere we stick our nose into. We should start a GLOBAL reduction this year, not just in Iraq, but everywhere.
    It's time to stop policing the world and start concentrating on the thousand or so problems our own government has created here in the good ole USA.


    July 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  22. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Absolutely no!! This has to stop we can no longer afford it for one thing. We do not need another South Korea where we still have troops protecting them while their economy soars. We have troops stationed all over the world because of past wars. But because Iraq has oil I suspect we will be there for a long time.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  23. jimmy in north carolina

    Heavens no! It has been too long already. Washington changes deadlines every day. So move this deadline up and get our troops home now. We are all tired of war.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  24. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Since Bush and Cheney invaded Iraq and killed many thousands of innocent people then they should go stay over there when our troops come home and the sooner the better. Then send all of Congress over to help with the mess.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    Absolutely not. How much more of our treasures, the lives of our soldiers and the money we spent, are we willing to sacrifice? Personally, I think our resources would be better spent bringing George W. Bush and his enablers to justice. I hope history will not be kind to us for this disgrace, and that we will learn. Too much to ask? Probably.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  26. Donald Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    Please don't leave any troops in Iraq. Let that region's history unfold as it will. Ditto with Afghanistan. Get on with governing an America which puts its own citizens first, and concentrates solely on bettering the home country for everyone who lives there. In case you hadn't noticed, while you were wasting trillions on useless wars, America has fallen into a deep pit of overspending, foreclosures and unemployment.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  27. Scott in Bellingham

    No more US troops after the so-called deadline. Let the Coalition handle it if they have a will to do so. The US has done enough already. Deal with Iraq after withdrawal diplomatically. That means to trade or not to trade for their oil, and no cash bribes.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  28. WGS in PA


    U. S. troops in Iraq: what is our security interest in Iraq? They do have and never did have WMDs. They do have oil but we are not benefiting from it.

    We stand ready to cut Social Security and medical care for American citizens why would want to waste more tax payer money in wars where we have no interests: Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, the Sudan etc.

    Get the U. S. out of all military occupations, yes, Korea and Germany etc.

    Bin Laden is winning we are destroying our economy and our nation is at risk all for some greed of the rich and war profiteers

    July 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm |

    Should the U.S. leave troops in Iraq past the deadline for leaving the country?


    It doesn't matter if we leave in a day, a week, a month, a year, a decade, a century, etc.. The moment we are out they will have their civil war.

    GW Bush took a secular nation with a puppet leader and turned it into another IRAN.

    No reason to stay another minute.

    Let's bring home ALL NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS that have no business overseas and the money we used in Iraq let's use in the USA.

    Roseville CA

    July 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  30. Ralph Spyer

    NO . we lost around five thousand boys their and spent over a trillion dollars,and build the biggest and most expensive embassy in the world. We find the WMD or Bush and big oil companys pay us back.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  31. Kenneth from California on the Left Coast

    Why should they? We have our military in 60 other countries around the world, It contributes o their economy, stupid.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  32. Russ in PA

    No, no, a thousand times, no! Bring them home. Bring them all home from Germany, Japan, Korea... Bring them all home, and tell Lindsay Graham and the rest of the chicken hawks to go suck an egg.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    July 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  33. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, would I be correct in suggesting Iraq is America's longest war? Seems to me it started 3 Presidents ago and enough is enough. Bring the troops home.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    July 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  34. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Absolutely not. Bring them home now. We are $786,218,117,882 in debt just in Iraq as of today and 10 years too long in country. Enough is enough.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  35. Mel - Houston

    No, unless the leader of Iraq gets on local TV and makes a public request for the US to stay a longer period of time. Possibly a speech before their Parliment so that the citizen of Iraq can see that the US is not an occupier.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  36. Brad, Portland, OR

    No. We can't afford it, and they need to solve their own problems.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  37. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Certainly not! We should abide by the Status of Forces Agreement and leave according to the timetable agreed to by President Bush and the Iraqi government. Nobody can accuse President Obama of "cutting and running" since the SOFA was agreed to before he took office.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  38. Marvin in Polo, MO

    Definitely not. The Iraqis are quite willing and capable of killing each other without our troops, money and weaponry. Wish them good luck, and bid them farewell.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  39. Tom

    Aren't you tired of the U.S. providing the world's security. The U.S. should have departed Iraq sometime ago. The U.S. should cease protecting the world unilaterally. Time for all other nations to participate with man power and funds. The U.S. and Britian are the principal nations opposing tyrants. Why does the United Nations continually ignore their role to provide for a secure world.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  40. John, Lake Charles, LA

    Absolutly not!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  41. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    How many ways do I need to respond with "No" for my reply to be read on air Jack?

    July 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  42. jim conley

    bring them home today ...all of them

    July 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  43. LEE II Barton MS

    No Jack, bring them home on time please Mr. Prersident, I am a Viet Nam vet please bring them home.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  44. Kim Smith

    Absolutely not. Too many Americans died for no other reason than to satisfy the ego of George W. Bush and pump money to his buddies in the military-industrial complex. We should not have one soldier in any Mid East country for any reason.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  45. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, I would approve of leaving our precious American troops in Irag if, & only if, it was 100 % paid for by Irag & the Generals in charge felt it would further the cause for democracy .
    David, Las Vegas

    July 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  46. Joseph

    I may be young and naive but I understand the situation that U.S. government and the American families are in. I believe that we should not continue to station troops in Iraq, but to have volunteers like political figures or soldiers who are able to help Iraq improvet their current situation. The United states is in a delicate situation, and a rather costly one at that, however; the American families just want to see their beloved family members. I just have a question, wouldn't it be a waste to take our troops out of Iraq when work isn't done just to have everything turn upside down again? Wouldn't their sacrifices be for nothing?

    July 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  47. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Why the troops are over there?. I heard 2 more soldiers were killed, for what?. These people over there care less about us. Try to convince the White House about that, they probably tell you they are expandable. These troops needs to come back, we are not at war with them.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm |

    No, lets just get the blank out of there. We have done enough and we can't stay there forever. It's time for the people of Iraq to fend for themselves.
    As soon as we move out , Iran is going to run that country anyway.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  49. Manuel Alfonso

    No. Let the Iraquis have full control of their future. We brought more suffering than what they had with Sadam Hussein.
    The cost of that war is a major contributor to the need to increase the debt ceeling. Many people who supported the war now don't want to accept responsibility for the debt. And they still don't want to raise taxes.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  50. Valerie in Raleigh

    No. We have lost too many American lives plus money spent that we do not have to prop-up Iraq. They are a tribal people where tribe takes preference over country but It is time they stand up collectivly and defend themselves and establish their own government. As long as we are there they have little incentive to take care of themselves. Pull all the troops out now – they will stand or fall on their own accord. We have done enough! Bring all the troops home now.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  51. Denny from Tacoma

    You betcha! After all, it would give the insurgents someone else to shoot at, blow p and kill or maim besides their own people.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  52. Tony from Southport

    Try to remember what happened in Viet Nam after we left. Is it right to go into Libya for "humanitarian" reasons and then leave Iraq so Iraqis can be slaughtered as the Vietnamese were after we left? Hypocrisy is common in this administration.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  53. Gerry

    The Pentagon has lost its sanity as has the State Department. No we shouldn't leave men nor material behind. We should have made a clean break years ago. If we stayed an additional twenty years we wouldn't be any closer to having a democratic government. The mentality of Muslims and their culture and religion leaves no room for democracy. Pull out now. We learned nothing from Vietnam.

    Ash Fork, Az.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  54. Judy

    No! Iraq was a huge mistake, and we, the American people have paid the price for that mistake. Maybe we should send Bush, Cheney, and some of the tea partiers over there to hold things down on their own. Enough is enough!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  55. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Only if we are asked and the Iraqis are willing to pay, Jack.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  56. Donald in New Mexico

    No Jack. The U.S. doesn't need a world wide empire. We can't afford it.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  57. Kathie

    NO NO NO How many ways can I say no. These unwinnable wars started by bush need to be stopped yesterday and bring all our troops home immediately. These wars have caused economic havoc–that is unless you are a special interest or CEO.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  58. Glenn Mixon

    Why not we have left troops all over the world. 30,000 inKorea for over 50 years. Is there a country in the world where we dont have troops?

    July 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  59. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    If we default on the debt our servicemen will be thrown out.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  60. Joe

    If we want to keep the gains we thought we earned, then the answer is yes, we should keep troops in Iraq, as in Korea, Germany, Japan, Korea, and on and on; however, if we are going to get out of "Dodge," then we should get out of Iraq, AND every other country in the world, too. Remember our military budget is 43% , China's is about 7.3%; yet, who seems to be winning the war; the real war is in the trenches of stabilizing our economy and preventing countries such as China from controlling our world through the internet with Facebook, remember China does not allow facebook, but wants to buy a stake in it as a public company; therefore ...
    Let's get out of Dodge and protect our borders. Remember America is probably the largest consumer economy in the world, so if we control what comes in and out, then we do not need to have our troops in other areas of the world.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    July 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  61. Nancy, Tennessee

    Iraq will become a police action much the same as South Korea. The only difference is we have to protect Iraq from internal forces opposed to South Korea's external neighbor. As much as I would like to see every troop home and quit spending money we don't have, it's a fact that if we walk away now there is no telling who will start running the country. It could be someone that makes Saddam look like an angel.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  62. Jeanette

    How can anyone believe anything this president says or has said.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  63. diridi

    Absolutely no. GOP is war guys. They go to Iran next for Oil. Iran will kick us out. We need Energy efficiency. War is not the solution. Need to focus on Education, Energy-Independence, Agriculture, public transportation, manufacturing. No wars please, enough drain on our economy.....

    July 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  64. Phil Capper

    President Obama breaking a promise! Imagine that.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  65. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    No. Bring our troops HOME! There are going to be problems over there no matter WHEN we completely withdraw. The American People WANT Our Troops Home. Bring them Mr. President–You promised.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  66. BiLL

    No. It is time to bring them home. They should have never been there in the first place. It was a mistake for Bush's sake.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  67. Gigi Oregon

    We still have troops in Japan and Germany. And 761 bases around the world. Google it. And the government will cut social security that we the people pay for, to cover the cost.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  68. Bill Denegar

    Yes, but only if the rich fat cats pay additional income tax to foot the bill.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  69. Abbie

    Absolutely not! We should have never been there in the first place, and sacrificing important programs at home for an unclear and unnecessary mission in Iraq is completely irresponsible. Why should we spend billions overseas when we can't even educate our own children here?

    July 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  70. Ron

    Yes. The war has cost us so much without any returns monetary or non-monetary. There is still no functional democracy in Iraq. We should realize that some regions in the world may never become democratic.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  71. Leslie

    Simple and direct. NO! and NO!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  72. Shawnne

    I feel the USA needs to get most of the troops out of Iraq as soon as possible. What is the President thinking? This huge budget mess we are facing in this country is highly due to the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. How can they even think of cutting SSI, Medicare, etc, from our Seniors and disabled citizens at the cost of these wars? I am 60 years old and feel my future is very uncertain.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  73. Jim

    Not just no but as we say in the South "Hell Pecker No."

    July 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  74. Wallace

    Mr. Obama,
    Give me liberty or give me death. Quoting member of congress.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  75. jessica

    Yes. They absolutely should stay. Nothing has been solved in the time they have been there with the exception of destruction. If you are going to start something, you should be prepared to finish it. Why not try not being selfish for once and simply leave a country a mess and move on. The troops knew what they were signing up for.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  76. Karl in Flint

    Iraq has been a hell hole for centuries, it's still a hell hole and isn't going to change. George W. Bush wasted blood and treasure to redeem his father and we are still stuck with the mess and the bill. Get out as safely as we can and forget it. The savings might help balance out the tax cuts he gave his wealthy friends.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  77. Sam from Atlanta

    No. We never should have been there in the first place. It has cost us too much money and too many lives already! Why should we even think about cutting Social Security and Medicare without looking at other ways to cut spending, like this stupid war?!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  78. Dennis R Kuhn Sr

    Jack its no longer what Obama will do for this country. Need only look at what is doing to this country.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  79. quentin combs

    Of course we should leave them there. It takes a long time to print all that money we will send to Iraq.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  80. Patricia

    Ir may be necessary to leave some troops but the majority will be brought home. This is no big deal...circumstances control what he does and for me has has made good decisions on the war. I find it and always have that so much has been made of what this president does regarding Iraq but no fuss was made at the lies taking us into this war and now eveything is Obama's fault while Bush who lied us into t his war and costs received all the support he needed with no outrage.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  81. Bill, Jacksonville Fl

    Of course we should, Jack. As long as we re-activate Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman. Let them be the last three to leave.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  82. John

    No......yes......well maybe.....no wait a second Jack, the Iraqis haven't asked me yet what we should do.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  83. Lori - PA


    The troops should be brought home. The money being spent on the Iraq war is needed elsewhere.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  84. Robert from Texas

    Since when do we believe what any politician promises these days? Those that do should run for office so they can join the overpaid group of the clueless.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  85. Owen

    No. It is time to put an end to a war that should have never been started. But more importantly, it is time to let Iraq be what Iraq is going to be as decided by the people of Iraq. It doesn't matter how violent that decision is as long as it is decided by the people of Iraq. When everything is said and done, if terrorism grown inside Iraq crosses the border, let it be known .... We will be back !!!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  86. cal

    No. It's time to get out of all countrys that hate us and will kill us. these people do not want us there just sent the money so they can get better weaopns to kill us with.

    we should leave there with a warning. Any attack on us or our people will be the sorryest mistake they could make.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  87. Frank Connwer

    President Bush's neocon advisers dug up one piece of obviously-fake intel from a German source codenamed "Curveball" (that should give you a clue) claiming that Iraq was stockpiling WMD, and based upon that, Bush sent our forces into that inexcusable, unnecessary, and incredibly-poorly-planned war. President Obama is keeping our forces there for no good reason. Nuff said..

    July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  88. David

    Absolutely not, we had no business go in there in the first place and we sure as hell have need to stay any longer. All this talk about trimming the budget, what better way to do it, and PS might even save a few live while were at it.
    Dave from Peterborough, NH

    July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  89. Jim Moseley

    As much as it grieves me to say it, we are between the rock and the hard place in Irac/Pakistan. We have too much treasure and too much blood spilled in the area to walk off and leave it. If we lose Irac, we loose all of the rest. We must maintain a presence there for the forseeable future.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  90. Clark in Wyoming

    No, we can no longer afford the trappings of empire. Every dime wasted there adds to our debt and does nothing to fix our energy issues, make our economy better, or one ounce of good for the masses of Americans who were not beneficiaries of the bank bailout two years ago.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  91. gregory r hancher oceanside,ca

    Absolutely not. The time has come to end one of Bush"s "wars of choice"! The present troop level of 46.000 should be able to handle the awesome task of hauling home those weapons of mass destruction, too.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  92. John Blythe

    Jack, we had no business in Kosovo, during the collapse of the former Yugoslavia in which the US set up bases and oil pipelines were established... just as we had no business in Iraq... which again was all about the oil... and this is the same reason NATO is bombing Libya... its all about the oil. I have a feeling we are going to be in the Middle East for a very long time and it would not surprise me if ground troops start invading this region more frequently.

    Lake Isabella, Calif.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  93. Jeff In Minnesota

    For the security of the country and it's people, if we need to leave a contingent of troops there for advice and training purposes, then we need to leave some troops in Iraq. However, the majority should be brought home.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  94. Scott Stodden

    I Think In My Opinion These Country's Such As Iraq And Afghanistan Have Had More Than Enough Time To Build There Governments And Take Responsibility For There Own Governments. The Time For War Is Over, We Need To End All Wars In Afghanistan & Iraq And Bring All U.S. Troops Home Indefinetly And Take Care Of Our Own Country.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    July 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  95. John, Mississippi

    Jack, we still have troops in Korea from the 1950's, Germany from the 1940's. Remember when we only had "advisors" in Vietnam? Let's just continue the process and keep troops in Iraq until about 2050.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  96. Wes

    Once we cut the tax breaks for the oil companies, it wont be in our best interest to keep troops there. Sounds like a win win.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  97. Jerry Fair

    The US should pull out like President Obama's father should have. Let Iraq go. It was a fool's mission from the start. Staying there any longer will cost more money and lives and in the end nothing other than a little oil will be gained. Does anyone with an iq above 50 think it was worth it?

    Huntington Beach, CA

    July 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  98. Nick

    No, we have spent too many lives and resources fighting this war that we originally went in to secure WMDs that were never there in the first place. Now why are we there? To secure a future to the people who hate our guts and are killing our soldiers? This has gone on long enough, we must pull all of our troops out by the deadline, no exceptions.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  99. Ed

    I voted for Presideny Obama because he promised he would pull out of Iraq. If he does not pull the troops out as promised he will lose my vote this next election. Also, why are we still defending England, Germany, Italy, and Japan 50 years after WW2? Need cuts how about troops overseas.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  100. Midster

    No, we should not stay in Iraq beyond the planned exit date. Whatever happens when we leave will happen when we leave regardless of the date, be it tommorow or five years from now.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  101. Pat

    NO............we need to take care of business at home! Bring our young troops home now and stop spending tax dollars we don't have.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  102. Manny


    Manny years ago people hated the idea of troops in Germany, even some still to this day. One of my African American friends who was stationed there said he wants to move back. They treat black people good there, he said. Today many Germans enjoy having American Troops around. Heck, it's a get away for families in the military to see the world as well. If we can get peace in Iraq I don't think a bit more than 1/2 of 1% (10,000 troops) of our Military is much to ask. Let's see how the famlies feel about .

    July 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  103. Connie in Louisville

    War is, sadly, a necessary evil and we should leave troops anywhere our military leaders advise us to. They are more knowledgable than anyone else about what is really going on, and we should follow their advice for that reason. We'll need to pay for it too. So, bite the bullet, and let's raise taxes to pay for it all. Yes, I know, nobody wants to raise taxes, but we either pay for more war (that our leaders say we need) or we have a bunch of unemployed soldiers to further boost unemployment.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  104. Bill Bale

    No, get them out now. As to the mounting debt, why isn't there any talk about reducing forign aid? We should be taking care of our own and not giving billions to countries that hate the US.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  105. Chuck Wright, Georgia

    What is the big deal with Iraq? How about the WWII & Korea residuals that are permanant fixtures? There are no words that can express the disgust of the American Public with Government. Our Government doesn't think what is happening in the Middle East, Africa and other Nation could happen to them. We are too civilized.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  106. Roger from Phoenix

    No way Jack , pull out the troops . But just before we leave give them 5 trillon or so to re build their army , navy , air force and nuclear arsenal . Nuclear arsenal now there's an interesting topic.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  107. bill crawford

    We should pull military forces from Iraq exactly by the stated date. America needs to act as the adult, and do as we say. The flip-flopping Iraqi government plays us like a fiddle. Let the music stop. Americans will universally back this decision.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  108. Mark, Dublin, GA

    No, we shouldn't, for many reasons. But we will...and we will never leave because of oil, the tactical and strategic importance of the area, and the desires of powerbrokers who stand to profit every minute we're there protecting their interests. One word Jack – concrete. Consider just how much concrete we have poured in Iraq; concrete equates to bases and airfields. Any time we pour massive amounts of concrete in a country we're there to stay. Look at the troop garrisons we have all over the world.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  109. Robert Smith

    Yes! Leave the troops there to keep whatever little peace that exist there.
    "When the cat's away, the mice will play."
    If the troops leave, the country will sure erupt into even more chaos and violence.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  110. george roe

    yes troops need to leave by years end and also we need to stop military support to libyan rebels and start withdrawing troops from Afganastan.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  111. Sharkman

    While both Iraq and Afghanistan offer strategic bases for dealing with Iran, Pakistan, and other Arab 'hotbeds', our presence is primarily futile as we won't commit the resouces to handle this area properly. Since we seem to only commit to half-baked efforts in these area, we should just bring them all home. Economically, we cannot remain as solely a police force...and we shouldn't be commiting our taxpayer's dollars to building projects in those areas, that will fall into the wrong hands upon our exit anyway. If we're not going to do the job right, let's get out, and put those resources to work rebuilding our infrastructure here at home! Enough said!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  112. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    No. We should get out before we are defeated, like Viet Nam but this time all the boys and gals are welcomed home as heroes not demon minions of the war machine contractors. But this is just my humble voter opinion of also the majority. I guess even a plurality does not count here. The regard fort the promised deadline is the same for the constitution.....only a guideline and law, and laws are made to be......you know.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  113. burke ritchie, new mexico

    The US should not leave any troops in Iraq. Privatized wars must stop now! One of the roles of the 10,000 troops left behind would be to protect the contractors. We should leave the war profiteering contractors behind to fend for themselves. We will see how long they last.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  114. Tim from Maine

    Sadly, Iraq was a big mistake. We have changed the balance of power in that region in favor of Iran. We need to get out now ! The facts are that the Shia and the Sunni are just biding their time and can't wait to get at each other. They hate each other more than they hate the United States. A civil war between the two groups is inevitable.Remember we were told that the war would be paid for by Iraqi Oil ? What happened ? Where is this Oil money we were promised ? We need to man up, declare Victory and bring our troops home from a lost cause. We can not police the entire world ! We need to take care of our own Citizens first ! How about creating some jobs and start rebuilding American Infrastructure instead of building the Infrastructure of Iraq and Afghanistan.Are there any sane Politicians left in this Country ?

    July 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  115. Duffy

    Absolutely not. This is carrying the foolish actions of a Republican President to the absurde extreme. I am 77 years old and have always voted for a Democrat in the presidential elections except the first time I voted and that was for Eisenhower. Under no circumstances can a vote for Obama again. He has proven to be an absolute O.".

    July 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  116. Mark

    If this Administration, Congress, and House are truly serious about this issue, and how it DIRECTLY impacts the current budget crisis, & other problems we have as a nation currently, they would unanimously vote to bring them all home now. Leaving ANY troops past August is likened to flipping the bird to the American people in my perspective. Why scream for Obama's head for Libya, and at the same time not indict Bush and clean up his "mistake" of them being there to begin with. We have more than enough problems here at home, and I'm sure all those families would like to have their children, Dads, Moms, sisters, and brothers back home where they belong...

    July 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  117. Tom Meyer East Windsor CT

    The media succeded in calling the invasion of Iraq a WAR for democracy. After 10 years the Iraqi people still cannot spell democracy. We need to learn the culture of a country before we invade for the sake of staking out for oil, Haliburton and Dick Cheney got their pot of gold. It is time to spend money in our own country.The invasion was all about greed. I am mad about the Republican party attitude saying NO to America. Bring them home. As a Vietnam Vet lets welcome these soldiers home in spite of a President who put his own agenda ahead of the USA.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  118. Jim

    We will not only be bringing the troops home but also the Contract Workers. Will the present government be willing to add to the already high unemployment numbers in this country.

    Doubt it seriously.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  119. J. S. Brown

    Mr. Cashill,

    Iraq’s President Talibani attended the “World Without Terrorism Conference” in, where else, Tehran.

    In his meeting with Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei said that U.S. power in the Middle East had declined, and that this fact should be taken advantage of against the U.S. Talabani replied that the Iraqis were united in their opposition to the ongoing U.S. presence in their country, and likewise asked for Iranian assistance.

    And why is America in Iraq?

    Best wishes,
    J. S Brown
    Kansas City

    July 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  120. Aaron Lyon

    I voted for Obama because he promised to end the war and bring the troops home.

    Am I surprised at his back sliding...no, but I do feel sick!!!

    End this war, end the killings, keep your promise.

    He promised "Change"...oh ya' the change is he's a turn coat....

    July 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  121. Toni

    No, pull them all out – start saving the lives of our soldiers and spend the money to put OUR country back together.

    Boca Raton, FL

    July 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  122. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The U.S. was never asked by the Iraqi Government or it's people for help, we took it upon ourselves and it's only right they have the decision when the U.S. leaves. There's a lesson to be learned here and unfortunately it's a very costly one.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  123. Tanzim from New Jersey

    YES!!!! we need take our troops out there BUT not if Iraq going too go bad. We need too push the Iraqi government and its military too take more responsibility. I don't expect this administration too take their word because this is politics?
    Also instead of Military act we need diplomatic approach. Like seriously!!!! instead of try blame Islam too this terror events? Because it just make us look like that we try make Muslims terrorists through ALL MEANS? Why not prove that Islam isn't part the Terrorism?
    We have many Muslims in this country why not use U.S. Islamic scholars & Imams too spread idea that ALL Islamic terrorists aren't following Islam but just using as shield!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  124. ron in kentugky

    mr. Cafferty , not only should all our troops be brought home from Iraq , but also from Afghanistan . after 2 tours in each country i still do not know who we are fighting . the same people shooting at you one day are trying to sell you information the next , then its back to shooting at you again . no matter what the politicans or generals say in tv interviews

    July 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  125. Ken in NC

    The only way we should have troops in Iraq after the departure deadline is if Iraq becomes the next state to join the USA and we all know that "AIN"T" gonna happen. We have troops on the Korean border, in Germany, the Philippines and else where around the world and can't get them were they are need most on our southern borders. Bring them home to fight on our southern broders.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  126. Suzie Irvine

    No, we should've left years ago after get Hussien. We got bin Laden so we need to leave there as well. That will help balance the budget, and have them monitor our borders.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  127. Dan in Indiana

    We'll almost certainly maintain a military presence in Iraq, just to protect
    our interests there. What we really should be looking at is the amount of
    "foreign aid" money we continue to borrow from China to give to the
    Iraq Government.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  128. Kevin in CA

    If the Iraqi's want US troops – let them pay for it ... about $1 Trillion worth of oil would be a good start.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  129. Ralph Spyer

    No we must find the WMD the smoking gun could be a mushroom cloud , that what Bush sold the American people on.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  130. bruce

    No. The area is polluted with depleted uranium. Bring 'em home, and make the army stop denying benefits due to "personality disorders' and other silliness. Also, it is the central bankers (Rothschild family) that wants profitable protracted war – time to say no to them.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  131. mario

    They need to leave yesterday....everyone of them....a war that started with a lie cannot bring anything good to the state of matters in the world.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  132. Pat in Florida

    We should bring all troops home, in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's ok and commendable to leave the Special Ops there for security. But bring the rest of the troops, and the money back home. Let's rebuild the USA

    July 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  133. M Gonzales

    If Iraq's security forces are up to the job of policing their own state then lets leave. We can put the troops we pull out of their on our own border with Mexico or In Afaganistan on the Iranian border.....
    M Gonzales, Edgewood NM

    July 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  134. Tim

    10,000 troops seems like a reasonable amount, especially considering the instability in that region.
    However, we need to protect the southern border of the US first, even if it takes shifting budget funds to a fence, National Guard and/or Border Patrol!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm |