In 2008, candidate Barack Obama promised to bring all troops home from Iraq by the end of 2011.
On Friday, President Barack Obama announced that all Americans would be home from Iraq for the holidays.
It’s that rare moment in politics: Promise made, promise kept. At the same time, it’s the end of one of the biggest mistakes and saddest periods in our lifetime.
There was no justification for the war in Iraq. No threat to the United States, nor our allies. No al-Qaeda presence. No weapons of mass destruction. It was all a pointless exercise in macho warfare by George Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and Condi Rice.
Yet we were there for eight and a half years. It cost us way over $1 trillion. One million Americans served in Iraq. Of whom, almost 5,000 were killed and some 33,000 were seriously wounded.
And for what? So we could prop up an unstable government that is by no means able to guarantee its own security and could call apart soon after we leave.
Good for Barack Obama to be ending the war in Iraq. Too bad he couldn’t have done it sooner.
That’s my parting shot for today.