In December, the last American troops left Iraq, ending an unnecessary war that has lasted nearly a decade. Thousands of Americans were killed in the country and trillions of dollars has been spent on a war that never should have happened in the first place. But Rick Perry isn’t ready to end the loss of American lives and treasure.
During Saturday’s GOP Debate in New Hampshire, Perry declared that if he were elected President, he would re-invade Iraq and continue the war even though the Iraqis don’t want us there. Perry also falsely blamed President Obama for withdrawing the troops.
“I would send troops back into Iraq. Because I will tell you, I think we start talking with the Iraqi individuals there. The idea that we allow the Iranians to come back into Iraq and take over that country, with all of the treasure — in both blood and money — that we have spent in Iraq, because this president wants to kowtow to his liberal leftist base and move out those men and women.”
“He could have renegotiated that time frame. I think it is a huge error for us. We are going to see Iran, in my opinion, move back in at literally the speed of light. They’re going to move back in, and all the work we’ve done, every young man that has lost his life in that country will have been for nothing because we’ve got a president who does not understand what’s going on in that region.”
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Rick Perry would send troops back to Iraq to continue the war. The problem is that we would be invading a free nation that clearly didn’t want us there any longer. Such an irresponsible action would likely inflame the Iraqis and put our troops in even more danger than before. It would also inflame American allies and damage our image around the world. President Obama has worked hard to rebuild our image and Rick Perry would ruin that. He also shouldn’t be blaming President Obama for the withdraw of the troops. The withdraw date was set by George W. Bush in 2008 and President Obama did indeed try to renegotiate with Iraq to keep troops in the country but Iraq rejected the deal. America should not re-ignite the war in Iraq. It cost America too many young men and women and cost us trillions of dollars that has put us in the economic mess we are trying to fix. The last thing America needs is more war. The war in Iraq is over. Republicans need to get over it.