October 22, 2011

A too-long national chapter, over. All “our troops will be home for the holidays” from Iraq.

At last.

“Our troops will definitely be home for the holidays.”

“So today, I can report, that as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come by the end of the year. After nine years.”

I enjoyed reading this paragraph more than any other string of words in recent memory:

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Friday that the last American soldier would leave Iraq by the end of this year, drawing to a close a divisive eight-year war that cost the lives of more than 4,400 troops, defined the presidency of George W. Bush, and helped ignite his own political rise.

Icing on the cake of a good news day for all of us, and most especially President Obama.

Add one to this list:


Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, among others, scorned Mr. Obama for putting the sacrifices of American troops at risk and questioned whether the president had been motivated by “naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government.”




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