Sanctions on Iraq If America Is Forced Out

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Baghdad, Iraq, May 7, 2019. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha/Public Domain]

In many situations over the years, America has always found herself involved in other countries’ affairs. When President Trump won the seat as President of the United States of America, he vowed to end unwinnable wars. The Middle East is one of the hardest battles to have an exit strategy because these nations have been fighting for centuries. Fighting in these countries seem to be a way of life, and everything was going as planned for an exit strategy until Iran opened up a can of worms with the free country.

From the nuclear program, they refuse to drop to the attack on the U.S. Embassy, Iran has been a thorn in America and Trump’s side. Following the recent killing of Iran’s top general in the drone attack unleashed by American forces, Iraq is now saying they want America out of their land. Iraq’s Parliament voted to expel American troops, and President Trump is not happy with the response from them. The full American force will not depart from calling it quits. Trump wants the total reimbursement for the “extraordinarily expensive airbase” we have in Iraq.

Iran’s top General Qasem Soleimani was in Iraq at the time of the drone attack when he was killed. Since the attack was on Iraqi soil, it drew anger from Iraqi leaders and officials, causing them to demand America’s withdrawal.

Trump explained to reporters after he learned of Iraq’s request, “We’ve spent a lot of money in Iraq. We have a very extraordinarily expensive airbase, that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it.” President Trump also warned Iraq, if they are forced to leave by Iraqi officials, then the U.S. “would not leave on a very friendly basis.” The president added, “We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”

The U.S. invasion of Iraq took place in 2003 when American troops took the lead to police the nation and helped train Iraqi soldiers to take on their own problems. American troops have not left since, and there were always around 5,000 troops stationed across the nation. Now Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told Parliament the time is up, and he is calling for all of the foreign forces, including American troops to withdraw from Iraq “for the sake of our national sovereignty.”

Prime Minister Mahdi stated, “The strike authorized by Trump was a political assassination, and it was time for American troops to leave.” As mentioned earlier, President Trump wanted to withdraw American troops from the Middle East and end the fighting and policing of other nations. The great leader Trump is, we cannot leave on anyone else’s terms but our own. Iraq forcing us out is not an option for what is best for everyone’s interest. Since Iran has threatened not only America but the world with the defiance with their nuclear programs and their attack on the U.S. Embassy, more troops have been deployed instead of removed.

It is not just one crisis we face in the Middle East, but many. Trump continued to tell reporters, “So with Iraq, I told you, Iraq, was the worst decision, going into the Middle East was the worst decision ever made in the history of our country. But we went in, and we’re there, and we’re pulling out, pulling out of a lot of different areas.”

Iraq is correct to some degree when it comes to foreign forces withdrawing from their nation. America had no business staying there for as long as they did. Still, President Trump is also right in his stance because Iraq owes us for the airbase. And he is correct for wanting to withdraw the troops last year. We did, after all, help liberate their people from the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. The U.S. invasion was on a weak basis when the cry for “weapons of mass destruction” came into play under the Bush administration. It kept our troops and expenses overseas to compensate for foreign affairs. Billions of dollars were wasted in the Middle East.

Now we face a dangerous threat with Iran. They struck the first blow on the U.S. Embassy, and we took out their general who planned attacks against the U.S. We helped Iraq, the least they could do is help us. But they want us out of their country. It could pose a threat to both sides.

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