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Last US Combat Troops Leave Iraq

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Anyone want to start a pool on how long it will be, before we go back in, full bore, with a brand new batch of shavetails, to start all over from scratch?

Then, when the letters are written to their families, expressing the deepest regrets that their baby died on some far away battlefield, it can be included, "If we had only stayed and done things right, vice giving into someone's political agenda".
 
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Anyone want to start a pool on how long it will be, before we go back in, full bore, with a brand new batch of shavetails, to start all over from scratch?

Then, when the letters are written to their families, expressing the deepest regrets that their baby died on some far away battlefield, it can be included, "If we had only stayed and done things right, vice giving into someone's political agenda".
I have a solution to that. Don't go back. It's none of our damn business.
 

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I have a solution to that. Don't go back. It's none of our damn business.
It was none of our business in 1938, either. How did that turn out?
 

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It was none of our business in 1938, either. How did that turn out?
Yeah, it was. But back to the point, if Iraq has a civil war, why should we step in?
 

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So the effort of our troops was worthless?
Of course it was. And it's not a surprise, after 1945 the USA have occupied 18 countries in order to "spread democracy", it has worked only with Germany and Japan (two modern countries which had already some experience with democracy) and possibly 2 others.
 

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So the effort of our troops was worthless?
I am guessing that we will have done no long term good, nor would we ever be able to. Hope I am wrong though.
 

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Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home - Yahoo! News

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.
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.
 

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Re: Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

With 56,000 remaining, how can Obama say they're all left?
 

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Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

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.
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.

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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Re: Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

What will Olberman say at the end of each of his shows now?!!!!
 

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Re: Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

What will Olberman say at the end of each of his shows now?!!!!
I laughed...
 

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Thanks to the troops for doing what they do. We are all in their debt.

And...

Thank you, GWB, for not listening to those that delacred the war unwinnable -- indeed, that it was already lost -- and ensuring that we did not leave until the war was won.
 

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Re: Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

Thanks to the troops for doing what they do. We are all in their debt.

And...

Thank you, GWB, for not listening to those that delacred the war unwinnable -- indeed, that it was already lost -- and ensuring that we did not leave until the war was won.
Iran is at this moment laughing their socks off at the thought that the 'Arch Enemy' have given them victory and ultimate sway over Iraq. What a complete a$$ GWB was to think about invading Iraq.
 

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Iran is at this moment laughing their socks off at the thought that the 'Arch Enemy' have given them victory and ultimate sway over Iraq.
THis remains to be seen. I bet that it doesn't happen.

What a complete a$$ GWB was to think about invading Iraq.
Given the information at the time, invading Iraq was absolutely the right thing to do.
 

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We are all in their debt.
Indeed, how much did it cost? $1,000 billions? Isn't that around $3 millions/American?


Thank you, GWB, for not listening to those that delacred the war unwinnable -- indeed, that it was already lost -- and ensuring that we did not leave until the war was won.
What victory?

Find WMD's? They never existed!
Spread democracy? Iraq is still one of the most corrupted country on earth, it's not a democracy today and it's not likely that they'll ever be a democracy!
Bring security? Iraq has never been a threat to the USA and dozens of Iraqi civilians are killed every week! How many died on this week's terror attack?

So if you think it's still a victory, please define "victory"!
 

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Indeed, how much did it cost? $1,000 billions? Isn't that around $3 millions/American?
The total cost of the war in Iraq is less that the -increase- in entitlement spending in The Obama's first year in office.

What victory?
The one where the threat that was Saddam was eliminated anf Iraq was left as a self-standing democracy.
 

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Re: Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

What will Olberman say at the end of each of his shows now?!!!!
Oh, so YOU are his one listener.
 
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