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At 6:59 A.M., Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta approved "EXORD 1003 Victor, Mod 9", the order officially ending the Iraq war.

Earlier in the day the  last convoy of American troops left Iraq Sunday morning, crossing the border into neighboring Kuwait. The convoy consisted of 110 vehicles carrying over 500 soldiers according to media reports. For the first time since early 2003 no U.S. soldiers or Marines beyond embassy security are in Iraq.

This fulfills a key promise President Obama made, before being elected President. His opposition to the invasion of Iraq was one of the key reasons I was an early supporter of his campaign for President.

The Congressional Research Service puts the cost of the war at nearly $900 billion, though other source put the overall cost at a much higher amount. The human cost is MUCH higher. Over 4,500 U.S. troops died, and over 30,000 were wounded, to say nothing of the number of killed or wounded coalition forces, or more significantly, the Iraqi people.

It is now up to Iraqi people to keep in place a government that is representative of its three main sects, while also fashioning an oil revenue-sharing pact. Whether this can been done while fighting Iranian and western powers meddling in their affairs remains to be seen.

While it is hard to argue that it is a bad thing that Saddam Hussein no longer draws breath given the brutality and crimes he committed, in my view the war was a tragic, even criminal enterprise which should never have been undertaken.

The only thing I think can be said which would meet with universal agreement is, the wish that wounds heal, and that peace and a better life can be reached by everyone whose have been affected by this conflict. I would add to that, mourn the loss of life, and commit ourselves to try resolve problems in a better way.

Please share your reflections on the end of the war.

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    Mitch Gore

    Want to end too big to fail banks? Then move your money and they will no longer be too big.

    by Lestatdelc on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 01:17:37 PM PST

  •  We call it a War so easily (0+ / 0-)

    We have not declared war since 1941.

  •  The Iraq war may be over(actually winding down) (0+ / 0-)

    but the Iran war is just gaining momentum. and after that, stay tuned for the next war(read excuse to use up war materials so the military-industrial stays profitable).

    "Y'know, that's one of the things I like about him. He's been consistent since he changed his mind." ---Christine O'Donnell

    by Miss Ile on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 02:07:35 PM PST

  •  Victory!!!!!!! (0+ / 0-)

    It is not over and it will continue to drain our resources.

    •  How exactly is it "not over"...? (0+ / 0-)

      And are you saying we should just ignore the mess and not provide any aid/recompense for the mess we created?


      Mitch Gore

      Want to end too big to fail banks? Then move your money and they will no longer be too big.

      by Lestatdelc on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 02:37:22 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Key promise by Obama? Or execution of Bush policy? (0+ / 0-)
    "In October, Bush decided to sign the draft agreement pledging withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end of 2011. The ambitious plans of the U.S. military to use Iraq to dominate the Middle East militarily and politically had been foiled by the very regime the United States had installed, and the officials behind the U.S. scheme, had been clueless about what was happening until it was too late."

    To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. Frederick Douglass

    by SouthernBelle26 on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 03:22:32 PM PST

    •  Bush signed the agreement (0+ / 0-)

      knowing he would not be the one who would have to make it work. Since it was his administration that is wholly responsible for starting this war, to give him credit for forcing his successor to clean up after him is absurd. The fact that is that this administration pledged to end the war, and adhered to the agreement.

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 03:52:26 PM PST

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    •  yes, key promise (0+ / 0-)

      That being to end the war responsibly.


      Mitch Gore

      Want to end too big to fail banks? Then move your money and they will no longer be too big.

      by Lestatdelc on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:10:08 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Throughout, did you go to (0+ / 0-)

    I commend Regularly, they told the true cost of the Iraq war, listing the ranks, and ages, of soldiers who died in Iraq. I can't adequately express what I felt as I read of young lives cut short. Sitting here, old myself, reading of 22 year old kids who died...
    To the families of those who lost loved ones in Iraq, I offer my heartfelt condolences.

    •  I didn't go there often (0+ / 0-)

      But over the years checked in on I causality fairly often.


      Mitch Gore

      Want to end too big to fail banks? Then move your money and they will no longer be too big.

      by Lestatdelc on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:11:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

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