Opinion: War in Iraq, Post Election

It’s been two weeks since the election and yes, I know Barack Obama is the presidential elect. Now, that that matter is finally resolved, I’m more concerned about the changes he promised this country.

One particular change that concerns me is the war in Iraq. During the debates, Obama stated that he wanted to start removing troops. As much as I sympathize with families who have loved ones fighting for this country, I wonder if immediate withdrawal is the best solution.

Former secretary of state Colin Powell once compared the war in Iraq to a trip to the Pottery Barn. America pretty much stomped into this country, killed its leader, and up-ended its government. That’s comparable to walking into any store and breaking its merchandise.

However, isn’t every store policy, “you break, you buy?” We smashed the “pottery” in Iraq and the
least we can do is make up for our mistakes. It is very irresponsible for us to just pick up and leave after throwing the country into chaos.

I agreed with John McCain’s idea of staying in Iraq until we righted our wrongs. I hope Obama sees this logic. Iraq is in a very vulnerable state right now and to immediately withdraw the soldiers is criminal.

What Obama needs to do right now is to form a plan on how to help Iraq stand on its own again after we brutally knocked it over. I believe if we become more responsible, the rest of the world will see us in a better light.

Obama has a hard journey ahead of him. He needs to pull America out of the rut that George W. Bush got us in. He needs to show the rest of the world that America is still a great nation, that it is a nation who, yes, made its share of mistakes, but also is not afraid of admitting them. He needs to bring back the core values of the American spirit: a willingness to assist, a sense of justice, and a love for democracy.


The views of this author do not reflect the views of the Temple City Voice or its staff. This opinion was written by Christine Keung. It was published in the Temple City Voice on November 19, 2008.


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