Rep. John Lewis on President Obama's Decision to Bring Iraq War Troops Home
“I am glad that President Obama has decided to stay the course and begin the long, difficult, but necessary process of bringing our troops home. The National Priorities Project estimates that the war in Iraq has cost the state of Georgia $20.6 billion. And it has cost the people of the United States almost $800 billion since 2001. While American families are suffering through one of the worst recessions we have ever experienced, we are spending millions of dollars every day on the destruction of war. We could use that money to invest in repairing our infrastructure, our bridges and roads, strengthening our economy, honoring our promises to pay pensions, Medicare and Social Security beneficiaries.
“The people of Iraq also need and want to begin rebuilding their lives, their homes, their culture, and their government. As long as the violence of war impedes the progress of restoration, they cannot begin walking the challenging road toward a new national identity, hopefully a more democratic identity. Our withdrawal will usher in the work of diplomacy that is the only way to build f a more free, more fair Iraqi society. I am encouraged by this news. I hope this is just the beginning of the end of American military engagement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. We have seen what war can do; now we need to give peace a chance.”