“At 3:53 am August 19, 2010, Baghdad Time, the last American combat troops in Iraq crossed the border into Kuwait and the gates behind the convoy closed.”
While 50K Troops remain, this at least partially closes the door on one of the saddest chapters of American history. However, no one in the ‘Media’ has really cared about the Iraq War since 2004. I wouldn’t expect them to spend much time on this either. The important thing is to apparently debate a manufactured issue on whether First Amendment Rights should be extended to Muslim Americans. That’s really bringing out the best in people. We’ve come a long way.
Next time we have a leader itching to invade some fucking sandbox, I hope people will remember this nonsense.
1. An administration uses a national tragedy, alarmist rhetoric, and manufactured (false) evidence to build a case for invading a country that had nothing to do with said tragedy.
2. After some photo ops, the American Media packs it in. The Government saves our eyes by not allowing dead soldiers to be shown on tv. Instead we get Deal Or No Deal. People yawn and get fatter.
3. In the Muslim World, the Invasion of Iraq becomes biggest reason for anti-American sentiment (more than support for Israel, regional military bases, etc..). A great brochure for the manipulative psychos to lure alienated youth to the lucrative sexual after-life career of suicide bombing!
Surely, this doesn’t mean the end of tragedy in Iraq. More troops will die. Iraqis still have less access to clean water and electricity than they did under Saddam. It will probably continue to become a hotbed of extremism. There will be a lot more bad before there’s much good. Maybe it’s just the end of quite a self-destructive ‘bender.’
To all those who have served and remain serving, I thank you. And I’m sorry.