Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mission Accomplished....Combat Operations Come to an End in Iraq

After 2709 days, 4415 soldiers killed, the last combat units have moved out of Iraq into Kuwait. Who won??? No one is really attempting to answer that question. What we do know is up to 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq as part of a peace keeping mission.

It has been over 7 years since President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1st, 1993.  In case you forgot, the original mission was too look for WMD's that were being stockpiled by Iraq and hidden from UN inspectors.

The one thing I will take away from the Iraq War will be watching ABC's This Week segment that highlighted the names, ages and hometowns of the fallen troops.  As combat was winding down the past few months and seeing ages of the fallen ranging from 18 to 21 and realizing they were 13 or younger when all this started.

With no draft for military service in place, I take great comfort that there are men and women volunteering to defend the Constitution of the United States.

For the 4415 who gave their lives, let us strive to make the world a safer more peaceful planet.

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