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

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 21, 2011
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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.”





About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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

  1. Matthew Cohen says:

    No doubt our private military "contractors" will remain for much longer and continue to send the young to die. But still this is a welcome sentiment.

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