Within three weeks Commander in Chief Barack Obama will have pulled all US military troops out of Iraq leaving behind 16,000 employees in the US Embassy in Baghdad. In addition, there will be two US Consulates in Iraq with about 1,000 employees at each.
Leaving an active military force of 25,000 to 50,000 in Iraq would have been logical and comparable to the relative troop strengths the United States maintained in Germany and Japan after World War II. Such a troop strength presence would have protected Iraq from Iranian and Syrian incursions and would also have provided substantial extra protection to our Embassy and Consulates.
With US troops withdrawn and China getting much of the Iraqi oil, why does the United States need to have its largest embassy and largest diplomatic mission in Iraq? What will the Embassy and Consulate employees be doing other than serving as sitting ducks for Iranian terrorism?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is familiar with the 1979 storming of the US Embassy in Tehran and the 444 days the US diplomats and Embassy employees were held hostage. The militant Iranians did these things because they believed that President Jimmy Carter did not have the courage to challenge them. Ahmadinejad has also seen the British and others recently driven out of Tehran by his supporters.
How long will it be before our Embassy and Consulates in Iraq are attacked? US employees will not always be in the formidable fortress that is the Embassy, which will be protected by a sizeable force of US Marines. US and Allied citizens will be working in the Iraqi oil fields and performing other civilian jobs.
Will US diplomatic employees and other US and Allied personnel working in Iraq be taken hostage, tortured, and killed? If such things happen, what will Obama do? The Iranians and our other enemies understand that Barack Obama does not have the courage to seriously confront them.
The Ambush in Mogadishu took place because the US military presence was insufficient for the task at hand. President Clinton did not think it necessary to have overwhelming firepower available for the Battle of Mogadishu. President Obama has decided that making his political supporters happy by pulling out of Iraq is more important than fulfilling his duties as Commander in Chief.
In trying times such as these we are reminded of the words of United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart,
“An ethical person often chooses to do more than the law requires and less than the law allows -- there is a difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”
Obama’s military withdrawal from Iraq will likely be recorded by our posterity as one of the greatest acts of military foolishness in history.