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Strykers Depart Iraq

August 19, 2010

Seven years after Operation Iraq Freedom began in 2003, the US Army for all sense and purposes have left off combat operations there. While problems remain, there is no arguing Iraq is a different place, as Broadside Blog contends:

Today, seven years after the invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, the last American combat troops are departing. But the country they are leaving behind is different. Its people are no longer at the mercy of a despicably cruel dictator who took pleasure in torturing, raping and murdering its citizens. They have voted. They have glimpsed the promise of a brighter future.

It is no longer Saddam Hussein’s country.

Well done troops, God Bless, and good luck on your next assignment.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2010 3:32 am

    In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think it was worth it. Yet, the troops should be commended for pulling Iraq back from the brink of chaos. At least now the country has the ability to choose its own path.

  2. Daniel permalink
    August 21, 2010 2:22 am

    Hey Helmut how many days did you spend in Iraq? Have you ever seen an Iraqi? Your going to vouch for half a million people being innocent? How bout you go troll somewhere else.

  3. Jacob permalink
    August 19, 2010 11:58 pm

    I have to say, that’s one hell of a picture.

  4. hokie_1997 permalink
    August 19, 2010 10:14 pm

    Our troops performed brilliantly under extremely trying circumstances. But in terms of what we accomplished:

    1. We liberated the Iraqis from tyranny.
    2. We promised them democracy.
    3. We delivered anarchy.

    The big winners in our little Iraqi misadventure have been:
    1. Al Qada – who can point to an unsuccessful American foray into Mesopotamia.
    1. Iran – who is happy to lose its violent and unstable neighbor.
    2. China – who is also happy to finance our military expenditures.

  5. August 19, 2010 5:59 pm

    Still a lot there. Operation: USELESS DIRT II, the nap.

    http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2010/08/dn-brigades-stay-under-different-name-081910/

  6. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 19, 2010 5:45 pm

    Jacob, I do cheer for the troops, who did their best under very trying circumstances. I don’t know what will become of Iraq, but at least they have a real chance to make something of themselves.

  7. Jacob permalink
    August 19, 2010 3:20 pm

    I don’t think it’s time to cheer yet. Iraq’s government still has large problems, not to mention the state of the civilian infrastructure….and there’s always the potential for future instability and violence. It’ll take decades before we start seeing the light on the horizon.

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