Setting a withdrawal date for removing United States troops from Iraq has been a strongly debated issue between both Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama, and Republican candidate Senator John McCain. Under Senator Obama’s plan that time frame has been stated to be less than two years. Senator McCain, however, has opposed setting such a timeline, warning America that the move could potentially threaten national security. As reported by Time, several factors, including the U.S. economic crisis, may force a timed withdrawal from Iraq.
The war is estimated to cost America $200 billion for the 2008 year. Keeping up with this expense for future years has been stated to be impractical for a country in the current position of the United States. The financial strain has led the U.S. into what some predict will soon be a recession that will affect others across the globe, having contributed to an increase in the national debt by approximately $4 trillion. There are mixed opinions from U.S., Iraqi, and other government officials regarding the progress that has been made by the U.S. presence in Iraq.
Tiffany Cherry- Wired PR News Correspondent