Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home - Yahoo! News
I guess we won't know for years whether what the forces did in Iraq was a success or a failure. Nonetheless, I salute their bravery and commitment.KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait – A line of heavily armored American military vehicles, their headlights twinkling in the pre-dawn desert, lumbered past the barbed wire and metal gates marking the border between Iraq and Kuwait early Thursday and rolled into history.
For the troops of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, it was a moment of relief fraught with symbolism but lightened by the whoops and cheers of soldiers one step closer to going home. Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving Iraq, well ahead of President Barack Obama's Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations there.
...Scatterings of troops still await departure, and some 50,000 will stay another year in what is designated as a noncombat role. They will carry weapons to defend themselves and accompany Iraqi troops on missions (but only if asked). Special forces will continue to help Iraqis hunt for terrorists.
With 56,000 remaining, how can Obama say they're all left?
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There will still be Americans in Iraq for the purposes of support for quite some time, but for actual combat operations, we are done. This event marks the end result one of the most incompetent decisions of all time by a president. I hope we never make a mistake like this again. Our decision to go to Iraq, and the consequences it brought us, must never be forgotten.KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait – As their convoy reached the barbed wire at the border crossing out of Iraq on Wednesday, the soldiers whooped and cheered. Then they scrambled out of their stifling hot armored vehicles, unfurled an American flag and posed for group photos.
For these troops of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, it was a moment of relief fraught with symbolism. Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving Iraq, well ahead of President Barack Obama's Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations there.
As for the troops that fought there, my hat is off to them. They are the real heroes here, not the Bush or Obama administrations, which both handled this war in spectacularly poor fashion. Here is a toast to those did the mission without complaining, fought to the best of their ability, and made America proud of them in uncertain times. For those who died there, you will not be forgotten.
Now we need to finish the job fighting the war that needed to be fought, Afghanistan, which was neglected in favor of the huge strategic blunder that we are now finally in the process of extracting ourselves from.
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Last edited by danarhea; 08-19-10 at 10:57 AM.
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