I witnessed history being made at the White House yesterday.
Standing side by side in the South Court Auditorium of the Old Executive Office Building, President Obama and Prime Minister al-Maliki proclaimed the end of the War in Iraq.
Only 6,000 American combat troops remain in Iraq, down from a peak of 170,000 troops. Those remaining 6,000 will be out before December 31. And the long, bloody, unnecessary war will be over at last.
Over a million American soldiers served in Iraq over the last 8 years. Some 4500 of them never came home. And the war cost American taxpayers over $1 trillion.
President Obama said that our troops can come from Iraq with their heads held high for a job well done. Indeed, they can. But we can still ask the all-important question.
Was it worth it? Absolutely not. Iraq had nothing to do with September 11. Iraq harbored no al Qaeda terrorists. And Iraq was not a threat to the United States. There were no nukes, no weapons of mass destruction.
The war in Iraq was George Bush’s war of choice. It was a dumb war. Thank God it’s over. But we never should have invaded Iraq in the first place.
That’s my parting shot for today.