The End of the Iraq War

Caroline Cafasso

On Friday, October 21st, President Obama announced that nearly all U.S Troops will be withdrawn from Iraq. This marks the ending of a war that began nearly 9 years ago.
At a press conference, the President announced that “as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.” Earlier in the day, he and Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, had a private video conference in which a mutual final decision was made.

A major part of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was the promise to stop the battle overseas. While the economy has been the main focus in the ongoing race for office, this news could definitely have an impact in the incumbent’s chances of being reelected.
The Iraq War has cost the United States over a trillion dollars and caused the death of nearly 4 and half thousand members of the military. With the mission finally coming to a close, the country will be able to save money that would have previously been spent in the Middle East. While it will be a small impact, this will make an impact on the economy indeed.