September 09, 2020

Moulton Statement on the U.S. Troop Reduction in Iraq

SALEM, Mass.Following the announcement by the commander of U.S. Central Command that the United States will be reducing troops in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 by the end of September, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) issued the following statement:

No one wants to bring U.S. troops home more than veterans who have experienced the true cost of war, but we need to make sure they can come home for good. Our troops in Iraq are not twiddling their thumbs; they work hard every day to prevent a second rise of ISIS and prepare Iraqi forces to take over.

One thing we’ve learned in war is that getting out is often harder than getting in. That is why we should have done a better job examining the intelligence and having a serious plan before making the ill-fated decision to invade Iraq, and it’s why we must now apply better planning and scrutiny to getting out. The administration has done none of this. Trump clearly doesn’t understand that his campaign promises to get the United States out of endless wars will have consequences for our troops left behind, and further erode the little remaining trust we have with our allies in the region. We cannot repeat the mistake of pulling out too quickly and having to send troops back in, refighting battles we had already won, at the cost of more American lives.