President Obama in his Cairo speech stated, “America is not the rude stereotype of a self-interested empire.” Many Muslims would not agree with this comment, they are to believe that America has imperial ambitions. America conquered and occupied an ancient land of crucial strategic import. The U.S. military has 135,000 soldiers serving there. Many Americans lost interest in the war when the U.S. casualties were low and Iraq seemed stable. The U.S. still has troops waiting to leave the Middle East and the mountains of central Asia.
The countries fate is still undecided and American oversight will make a crucial difference. The Obama administration has planned to follow up with specific policies and programs for countries in the region. America can not bring peace to the Middle East on its own. It will need the help from the Muslim community insight of a new democracy for their land. Obama can still help the outcome in Iraq by helping to change the political dynamic within the Arab world. It would also present a model of America’s relations with a modern, Muslim, Arab country.
“The Iraq war was one of choice, but an Iraq policy is now a matter of necessity,” said President Obama. In Iraq they are going through a crucial transformation, from war zone to new nation-state. U.S. announced a surge in January 2007. The success of the surge empowered the Baghdad government, brought Sunni rebels out from hiding and as a result broke the dynamic of the civil war.
The violence in Iraq has reduced but the country still has many flaws. In the past few years approximately 2 million Iraqis fled the country, well under 5 percent have returned. There are three major communities in Iraq: the Sunnies, the Shi’ites, and the Kurds. The only way for Iraq’s peace to not remain fragile, is if the three major communities in Iraq feel they have been included in the sharing of the country’s power and wealth.
In Baghdad’s Ferdos square on April 9, 2003, the fall of the...