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Another reason which would make the withdrawal of U.S. troops important would be from the perspective of the United States. At the moment the war cost more than many officials had expected. According to unofficial sources the financial cost rose to "$500 billion in spending, at a rate now of more $2 billion a week" (King, 2007). The initial price of the war in Iraq had been considered by the White House to be at around $60 billion, although officials from the Administration admitted at the time of the invasion in 2003 that there could be no absolute measure for the costs of the war (Bash, 2003).
Notwithstanding the inability of the Administration to foresee such costs, there are other additional elements which make the war in Iraq appear to be a lost cause and would demand a withdrawal of the troops. For instance, the high number of victims in the American camp has made the public opinion withdraw the support for the war. In this sense, according to certain voices, there are "more than 3,500 Americans (who) have died in Iraq (and) more than 25,000 have been wounded" (King, 2007). From this perspective it is important to consider the eventuality of the withdrawal of troops because the Bush Administration cannot afford to support even more casualties among the Americans. Should the death toll rise, the Vietnam syndrome can reappear in the American society, a possibility which may determine a completely reconsideration of both foreign policy and the governing party in Washington.
Yet another argument for withdrawing the troops from the Iraqi territory is the fact that they are seen at the moment as incapable of achieving the aims set at the start of the mission, that of creating a democratic state in Iraq. There is little evidence to show a successful military campaign of the Coalition. As a result of this perception, more and more countries have already withdrawn their troops. States including Poland, Denmark, and Bulgaria have stated their intention to bring back home their militaries. Even U.S.'s strongest ally, Great Britain, announced the pull out of 1600 troops (Jordan and Partlow, 2007).
Indeed, these types of measures can also be propagandistic in nature and destined to draw the votes of the electorate. However, an eventual decision to withdraw the U.S. troops would also have a practical ground, taking into account that the U.S. will eventually remain on its own on the theatre operations. Its allies have either succumbed to the choice of their own electorate which was disappointed by the lack of evidence on the weapons of mass destruction, or decided to take a different approach on the issue of violence and dealing with it in Iraq. On the other hand however, the U.S. lacks the political lucidity to establish a withdrawal deadline with a possible framework.
There can be many arguments both to maintain the U.S. troops in Iraq and to withdraw them. The raises complex issues that cannot be discussed from a singular perspective, and the point-of-view of the U.S., that of the Coalition, and most importantly that of the Iraqi officials must be taken into account in order to establish a proper motivation for either stands. Nonetheless, there are obvious arguments that support the withdrawal of the U.S. troops. In this sense, there is the failure to attract the public opinion in supporting the war efforts, the large costs of the war, both the human and the financial one, and, yet another crucial issue, the lack of international support, as the Coalition is slowly breaking apart.
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