published Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Rejoicing as U.S. troops honorably leave Iraq

We cannot be sure what is going to happen next in Iraq. The U.S.-led invasion and the removal of dictator Saddam Hussein have given the Iraqi people a shot at real freedom -- certainly a better shot at liberty than any that they had under the unspeakable brutality of Saddam.

But there are still sporadic terrorist attacks in Iraq, and the full extent of the disturbing influence of nearby Iran remains to be seen.

So it will take some time before we know whether the formal end of the Iraq War on Thursday was another step on a path toward a peaceful, prosperous Iraq -- or a starting point for more bloodshed once the stabilizing presence of U.S. troops is fully withdrawn before the end of the year.

Nevertheless, whatever uncertainty the future holds, let us all pause to rejoice in the fact that our troops are, after almost nine years of war, honorably departing Iraq.

They have served well and courageously, in exceedingly difficult circumstances. They held up admirably during the toughest, bloodiest times of the Iraq War. And they ultimately proved Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrong when he declared in 2007 that the war was lost.

The war was not lost. President George W. Bush had ordered a surge in U.S. troops, and violent attacks dropped dramatically as those troops swung into action.

As a result, today the Iraqi people hold their prospects for peace and freedom in their own hands. Roughly 4,500 American troops made the ultimate sacrifice and thousands more were wounded to provide that marvelous opportunity to the Iraqis.

We hope the people of Iraq make the most of that chance. But if they do not, it will not be the fault of U.S. troops.

We praise the bravery of our men and women in uniform, and we celebrate with them as they honorably withdraw from Iraq.

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Rickaroo said...

We have decimated their country. We killed anywhere from several hundreds of thousands to over a million innocent men, women, and children. Millions of others have been displaced from their homes. Most Iraqis say that life was better for them under Saddam Hussein than it is now. And you have the audacity to say, "We praise the bravery of our men and women in uniform, and we celebrate with them as they honorably withdraw from Iraq?" What a crock of sh#t. There is/was nothing honorable about that whole fiasco. You cannot leave "honorably" from a dishonorable war. You just leave, with your tail between your legs. Stop trying to sugar-coat it.

December 17, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Rickaroo tells it like it is/was. Iraq will forever remain a huge black stain on America.

December 17, 2011 at 9:10 a.m.
conservative said...

" And they ultimately proved Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrong when he declared in 2007 that the war was lost."

Demoncrats overwhelmingly voted to go to war but sought to undermine our efforts from day one. Obamination joined their efforts but did you notice the incorrigible hypocrites did not defund the war when they had control of Congress? No funds, no war.

December 17, 2011 at 9:31 a.m.
librul said...

Their pain - our shame.

December 17, 2011 at 10:13 a.m.
nucanuck said...

con-man, Iraq wasn't just a partisan failure on both sides, this was an American failure of the worst kind. We had the power and we abused that power. The whole world was watching and judging our actions. That failure has done permanent damage to the American brand. Our motives and credibility are now doubted. The huge economic cost of a wrong war diverted investment from pressing problems within the US.

It would be hard to over-state the magnitude of damage and loss this war has brought to America.

December 17, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
LibDem said...

There is more than enough blame to go around in this war; but our troops attend only those wars to which we assign them. They have my respect.

December 17, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Of course the troops should be respected. But the whole thing was a needless fiasco. We learned nothing from Viet Nam.

December 17, 2011 at 11:23 a.m.
nucanuck said...

We disrespected our troops by sending them to Iraq.

And the 17,000 who are still in Iraq? We don't call them combat troops, but in reality they are.

When I see the families on the evening news who have lost their jobs and their homes...holding it together by a thread, then I think of the dollars wasted in the Middle East...I just feel a sense of rage at what we are doing to ourselves.

Politicians are fighting to keep or get more power while the stresses in society strain toward the breaking point. Am I one of the few that makes the connection between the huge sums wasted on warfare while our country crumbles around us? Come on...spending a billion dollars to build an embassy in Iraq...that is completely out of all proportion to Iraq's importance in the world.

Over forty million people on food stamps while we are building highways in Afghanistan, while we provoke Iran with black ops.

How bad does it have to get in America before we all rise with one voice and say ...ENOUGH!!

December 17, 2011 at 2:09 p.m.
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