President Obama made a pledge today to end the Iraq war by August 31st, 2010, with his “highest priority” being the safety of both troops and civilians. In a speech at Camp Lejeune, Obama announced a plan to withdraw the bulk of American combat troops by next summer. The remaining 35 – 50,000 troops will stay to help support the Iraqi government and its Security Forces.
The Iraq war has been a bitterly debated topic since its inception; our own catalogue has 1.4 million Iraq T-shirts and other products, with the primary theme being sharp criticism of the Bush administration and the war itself.
A larger theme even than Iraq, though, is the overwhelming display of troop support. Troop t-shirts and gifts outnumber the Iraq topic with almost twice as many creations, with 2.3 million troop products created by their friends, family and supporters.
The Iraq war has taught us many lessons, and the T-shirts have taught us this: while people may vehemently disagree as to how or why or whether the war in Iraq should end, it would seem that one topic that unites us is the respect and support we have for our American soldiers.