President Obama . Thus ends a controversial invasion of a nation that hadn’t attacked the US on false claims that it harbored MWD and worked with Al Queda. Although some in the Malaki government preferred to have some American troops stay behind to train Iraqis, the nationalist will of Iraqis to end the occupation won out. It was a big victory also for Muqtada Sadr, the militant leader of a Shiite militia who now controls a sizable block in the Iraqi Parliament.
“The last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success and knowing that the American people stand united in their support for our troops,” the president said. “That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end.”
The withdrawal also fulfills President Obama’s campaign pledge to bring the troops home. For the first time in 9 years, Americans will finally see a decline in American foreign adventures rather than escalation.