WNY Reacts to President's Troop Withdrawal Plan

October 23, 2011 Updated Oct 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 23, 2011 Updated Oct 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW) President Barack Obama made it clear. Nearly 40 thousand U.S. troops are headed home, and the Iraq war is over.

Margaret Hauser has 2 sons, both who have served in the military.

"If he does pull all the troops out of Iraq, I will be so extremely happy. All those parents will be the happiest parents ever to be able to hug their sons," she said.

"The troops that were over there should be proud of what they did," Iraq Veteran Christopher Simmance said.

Local politicians are on board with the President's plan to pull out troops. Congressman Brian Higgins says the U.S. accomplished its goal and it was time to leave.

"It's good that the Iraq war is coming to an end. It's about time. Let's bring our troops home, but let's rebuild America," Higgins said.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswomen Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul all commended the President for his actions, and thanked the troops for all they have done.

But some members of the "Occupy Buffalo" movement in Niagara Square say the President's plan may just be a smoke screen.

"I think it is a re-election ploy. I'm not fooled," Dan Tritto said.

"To say that we are completely withdrawing is not being honest with the American people," Chris Phillips added.

"They do not just up and leave. There is no way they do that. It'll be another Vietnam," Veteran Chris Simmance said.

Many are now calling for a re-allocation of resources, and a shift of focus back to here at home.

"We can't be the world power we were once. We have to start taking care of our own and not worrying about the rest of the world," Kate Wagner said.

"We spend too many trillions of dollars on bombs, tanks, and guns when we should be building schools and providing health care" Chris Phillips of "Occupy Buffalo" said.

"We've been distracted. Both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Spending billions of dollars rebuilding their infrastructure and ignoring the infrastructure that needs to be built right here in America, right here in Buffalo and Western New York," Congressman Higgins said.