Today the combat phase of the United States military’s role in Iraq officially ends. Today also marks a new beginning in our nation’s relationship with Iraq and its people. Tonight President Obama will mark the occasion with his third Presidential address to the nation.
EPIC welcomes the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq and the opportunity to turn a new page in U.S.-Iraq relations. But they believe that it is very important how that new relationship is defined.
While Obama can mark an end to the U.S. military’s combat role in Iraq, the President cannot mark an end to the troubles facing the people of Iraq, nor our nation’s moral obligation to help. The Iraqi people continue to face violent attacks, corruption, ruling parties that seek too much control over public life, and gaps and weaknesses in the rule of law, creating an environment of impunity for some of the worst violators of human rights in Iraq.