Tuesday, August 31, 2010
President Obama marks the official end of the Iraq War II
President Obama addressed the nation tonight on all major networks at 8 PM, on the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq, formally ending a war that had started on March 19, 2003, the beginning of which I watched at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. I still remember it. "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over."
The responsibility for maintaining order does not end, however, as many advisors remain. And many media reports have discussed the poor infrastructure, even if sectarian violence has calmed down. Many homes in Baghdad have electricity less than six hours a day.
The president also addressed the need for America to rebuild itself at home.
David Gergen and Fareed Zakaria gave commentary after the speech. Gergen remarked that the cost of caring for veterans may not max out for another half century. No one expected the multiple tours or “stop loss” or “backdoor draft” during the height of the war.