Eric considers the military implications of the end of the Iraq war but forgets the political and economic consequences here at home. The main thing I want to draw your attention to is the economic consequences; in particular a term called demilitarization, this term means exactly what it sounds like: troops come home and all of them that aren’t career soldiers are suddenly unemployed and while some will go off and get an education (payed for by the GI bill which they totally deserve); a lot more will be looking for a job which will mean a more competitive job market which of course will mean a higher unemployment rate.
Also the political consequences is basically Obama has more fuel for his election campaign. Now as far as presidents go we’ve had worse (looking at you Jimmy Carter), Obama has made some good moves but not many. Despite much of what you heard from mainstream media Bush had done a lot at the end of his presidency to improve are economy. Just for comparison purposes right before Bush left office gas was $2.50 a gallon, last i checked the price is now something like $4.20 a gallon. My main point is that I’m not sure we can survive two terms of Obama This move coupled with the movie of Osama bin Laden’s death (good riddance) which conveniently should come out campaign season could give Obama an edge in the polls.