President Obama announced his decision to pull U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year, Friday, promising an end to the expensive fight that began in 2003 with the Saddam Hussein overthrow.
Obama stated that more than 100,000 U.S. service members had already exited Iraq.
Some critics believe this decision means inviting Iran to push influence on it’s neighbor.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., noted it was “a serious mistake.” He expressed his concern for Iranian influence on Iraq on ABC’S This Week.
Military historian at the American Enterprise Institute, Frederick Kagan, said the decision would “damage our position in the Middle East.” He stated that the retreat would have high costs for the United States.
Despite these reactions, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. said President Obama was “following through on his promise to bring the war in Iraq to an honorable end.”
Secretary of the State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, stated in a series of interviews that the U.S. training mission with Iraq would continue, keeping American presence in the region to remain intact. She urges Iran not to misread the withdrawal as an opening to interfere with Iraq.