UPDATE 12/12/11: The remaining troops in Iraq are coming home in three weeks and President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki held a joint news conference explaining that Iraq will be following it’s own interests in making any future decisions
After a phone call with the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, President Obama announced that ALL of our troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year. Also, promising that they will be home for the holidays…we’re thinking Christmas, not Halloween!? (-: Our combat troops came home last summer and now the rest of our troops are headed home, too. So MAMAS, how do you feel? It’s been a 9 year war, we’ve spent almost a trillion dollars, we’ve lost 4,469 troops, but we got Saddam Hussein, helped train Iraqi forces and provided support as the country struggles to put together a new government and tolerant secular society. Our mission is finished, so is it mission accomplished? Iraq wanted us to leave. There are many issues for Iraq to work out and we are leaving with an emboldened Iran, so what should the US role be going forward? Are there ways to support the fragile country without our boots on the ground? Please share your opinions MAMAS.
MOMism: “Keep the home fires burning.” Home – just saying it out loud conjures up emotions, but mostly it brings a sense of peace. It’s our safe place. Our kids and loved ones have been far far away for too long. We want their home coming to be celebrated, but more importantly, we want them to feel like they are home – safe and secure surrounded by love. Let’s give our troops a very warm welcome, whether we have a national day of recognition or just make a banner for the front door. It’s the big things and the little things that define the warm comforts of “home.”
MAMAS – what do you think our country should do to welcome our troops home? What are you going to do?
Please read our post A NEW DAWN: Combat Troops Leave Iraq
Please check out the Oh MAMA Comic: Let’s Go Troops
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