As far as the American public is concerned, it's over.
The war in Iraq has ended, and we've left.
Never mind that we somehow left 50,000 American sons and daughters behind.
By next week, once we've heard "Iraq is over, we've pulled out" fifty more times, we'll manage to collectively forget all about them, as if they never existed.
For my part, I don't think the war will be anywhere close to an end until the troops are almost all home or it's a situation like South Korea.
Combat brigades in Iraq under different name - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times
Combat brigades in Iraq under different name
As the final convoy of the Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., entered Kuwait early Thursday, a different Stryker brigade remained in Iraq.
Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division are deployed in Iraq as members of an Advise and Assist Brigade, the Army’s designation for brigades selected to conduct security force assistance.
So while the “last full U.S. combat brigade” have left Iraq, just under 50,000 soldiers from specially trained heavy, infantry and Stryker brigades will stay, as well as two combat aviation brigades.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
This is totally an orwellian 'end of the war'... the 'combat troops' have been all replaced by 'private security' (re: mercenaries) who will still engage in combat if needed, but they are not combat troops and so the war is over as far as the military is concerned, but in terms of the military industrial complex, the business is still booming in Iraq.
Its' like that time where they said the pulled out of the cities, when the reality was that they changed the city limits to exclude the bases...
Or better yet, Bush's famous 'mission accomplished'... which should by any stretch have meant 'get ready to pack your bags'.
it sucks how this isnt really going as hoped for..