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12-18-11, 08:21 AM #1
Iraq War ends as last US troops leaveEarly Sunday, as the sun ascended to the winter sky, the very last American convoy made its way down the main highway that connects Iraq and Kuwait.
The military called it its final "tactical road march." A series of 110 heavily armored, hulking trucks and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles carrying about 500 soldiers streamed slowly but steadily out of the combat zone.
A few minutes before 8 a.m., the metal gate behind the last MRAP closed. With it came to an end a deadly and divisive war that lasted almost nine years, its enormous cost calculated in blood and billions.
Some rushed to touch the gate, forever a symbol now of an emotional, landmark day. Some cheered with the Army's ultimate expression of affirmation: "Hooah!"
"It's hard to put words to it right now," said Lt. Col. Jack Vantress.
"It's a feeling of elation," he said, "to see what we've accomplished in the last eight-and-a-half years and then to be part of the last movement out of Iraq."
12-18-11, 10:00 AM #2
I noticed the Clinton News Network neglected to report that 15,000 troops will stay behind as part of the US Embassy detail- now the largest in the world.
I am glad (most of) our troops are coming home, but something tells me Obama's doing this because he's got an election coming up and this won't be the end of the war. I'm skeptical."If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
12-18-11, 10:06 AM #3
I hope the country and local military is ready. I sort of doubt it.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012
12-18-11, 03:04 PM #4
That entire country will be in turmoil within days. I'm sure Obama will claim credit for getting our troops out, but as I recall, GW had it in his plans to be out by the end of 2011. We need to get our troops out of Afganistan, and bomb the living crap out of any region that has terrorist ties, Pakistan included.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
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