• Last U.S. Troops Leave Iraq (Except for the Ones That Haven't)

    Hey, remember that war that everybody used to care about a whole bunch but that everyone then got tired of talking about and then just pretty much forgot about? Oh, yeah… Well, suddenly it's interesting to talk about again, because it's over

    The last American combat troops left Iraq on Wednesday, battling no more than civilian traffic on potentially hostile desert roads en route to safe haven in Kuwait.

    The last of the 14,000-member 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division – about 4,000 strong – began crossing the border in the predawn hours, almost two weeks ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline for the end of "Operation Iraqi Freedom."

    Oh, wow. It seems like a dream. No longer will any American soldier will be endangering his or her life in that country anymore. Not counting the 50,000 American soldiers who will be continuing to endanger their lives in that country…

    Some 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in the country until the end of 2011 to advise and train Iraqi forces and protect U.S. interests.

    Keep in mind, though, that that's only 50,000 more U.S. troops than were in Iraq originally. And that's not even enough soldiers to fill up a large city. It's only half the population of Bolder, Colorado.

    But, yay! No more troops in Iraq! USA! USA! USA!

    (photo via BBC News)

    Tags: Iraq, Military


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