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Ten years ago today the U. S. invaded Iraq. Our government borrowed to pay for this unfunded Bush war of choice. President Obama ended the war and is slowly paying down the debt. More was learned recently about the waste and corruption of that war, read the report here. Because the U. S. government borrowed to pay for that war, interest payments through the year 2053 mean the total cost will be approximately $4 trillion just in riches. You can’t put a price tag on the human loses — according to the report the war has killed at least 190,000 people, including men and women in uniform, contractors, and civilians.
Today is the day the Iraqi people take back their towns and cities. The American presence is now out of them. This is a day to be celebrated. Obama promised it, and it’s being done.
“The withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security,” said Sadiq al-Rikabi, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. “We are now celebrating the restoration of sovereignty.”
“All of us are happy — Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds on this day,” Waleed al-Bahadili said as he celebrated at the park. “The Americans harmed and insulted us too much.”
Whether this is the universal belief in Iraq makes no difference to me: we had no business there in the first place. I wish nothing but the best for the people of Iraq, and hope no more American lives are lost over there.