Not sure I understand all of this but for some reason all the headlines today are trumpeting the news that today is the official end of the war in Iraq. It seems to be related to the fact that the Army headquarters in Baghdad is casing their colors for the final time and headed to Kuwait. The truth is their is still several thousand troops in country and at least hundred thousand civilians, but if they want to use this symbolic act to put some sort of punctuation mark on our mission in Iraq so be it.
The U.S. war in Iraq – a conflict that killed more than 4,500 American troops, cost $800 billion and divided the nation – officially ended with a ceremony held under tight security.
“To be sure, the cost was high – in blood and treasure for the United States and also for the Iraqi people,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called. “But those lives have not been lost in vain.”
The fighting resulted, Panetta said, in a “free and sovereign Iraq.”
It remains to be seen if the Iraqi’s can hold onto what has been paid for with so much blood and sacrifice.