Yaaayyy! Salutes to all the brave women and men coming back home! Its literally about time!
President Obama announced last week, Friday, October 21st, that all the troops in Iraq to leave by December 31, 2011. Honoring the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).
Here’s what Congresswoman Barbara Lee had to say:
“This is a huge victory for those of us who have been pushing for an end to the war in Iraq. I look forward to welcoming our brave men and women back home for the holidays. We will never forget the enormous sacrifices made by so many of our brave men and women and their families. We must honor our commitment to our veterans.”
“This move fulfills the call of a letter to the President that I spearheaded in July, along with 92 members of Congress, urging the Administration to maintain our nation’s SOFA agreement with the government of Iraq that commits our nation to bringing all of our troops and military contractors home at the end of this calendar year. It also fulfills the objective of legislation I introduced, H.R. 2757, The Iraq Withdrawal Accountability Act of 2011, which would prohibit funding for any extension of the December 31, 2011 deadline.”
“Again, I am extremely pleased with the decision by President Obama to follow through on his commitment to execute a safe, responsible, and complete withdrawal of the troops in Iraq. This move will save tens of billions of dollars, reduce regional instability, and enhance our standing throughout the world.” (via TheStateColumn.com)
I can still remember when it was first announced we were going to war with Iraq back in 2001. My entire junior year in High School we were just waiting for the phone call for my father to be deployed. Then, it finally happened in the middle of my Senior year. It was a very depressing and stressful time. Luckily, my father made it home safely. So, I’m extremely happy for all the military families that will be having their loved ones back home.