Mission Accomplished, NOT
We are still planning to keep 50,000 troops in that beleaguered country. Casualties among the Iraqis are mounting, not decreasing. And of course in addition to the remaining troops, there are an unknown number of brutal mercenaries, known as contract employees. The vast US Embassy in Iraq is apparently second only to the Pentagon in size and influence.
I am old enough to remember when our first troops in Vietnam were termed "advisors." Heaven help any poor person in the countries that we are "helping" if he or she gets in the way of their "advice."
These two appalling, unnecessary wars are now Obama's responsibility. They will mark his presidency as surely as Vietnam marked that of LBJ. Together with the dismal state of the economy, that means that Obama's is a f a i l e d presidency.
UPDATE. John McCain tweets: "Last American combat troops leave Iraq. I think President George W. Bush deserves some credit for this victory." That tangle of absurdities says it all.
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