The future of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan came up over and over in the race for the White House.
There is a great deal of interest in who will assume the role of decision maker for our armed forces and possibly answer the question of when we will see an end to the combat cycle.
As voters hit the American streets to cast their ballots, American soldiers toured the still dangerous roads of Baghdad.
For some, November 4th, Election Day is simply another day of duty. One soldier stated, “When I swore into the Army, I swore to defend the constitution of the United States no matter who is president. I got a job to do."
As Barack Obama accepted the presidential nomination, morning sun lit breakfast tables all across Iraq. It’s a new day with a new Commander in Chief.
As a repeated promise throughout his campaign, Obama’s first military priority is to end the war in Iraq.
Another soldier says, “Oh man, honestly. I hope there's a change. I mean this is my third rotation here. And I don't know if I could do a fourth man. Just away from family so much."
The situation is already showing signs of improvement. In response to a continued decrease in violence, the Pentagon will bring home 3,500 troops two months early, reducing the number of combat brigades to 14, the lowest since 2006.
Obama’s proposal has all combat brigades out by the end of 2010, and like the rest of the country which will soon have a new leader at the top, those in the U.S. military uniform are waiting to see what will happen next.
There is still a question of Afghanistan; reducing troops in Iraq would mean more could go to fight in Afghanistan. This is an ongoing challenge for the man stepping in as Commander in Chief.