The good news is that our combat troops have left Iraq hopefully never to return. The bad news is we still have 50,000 troops left in that beleaguered nation to “train” the Iraqi army. Hopefully they will not be thrust into any combat situation.
So, what did we gain for the trillion dollars spent, four thousand lives lost, and the many more thousands of young men and women returning home maimed and crushed in body and spirit? About the only tangible thing we have accomplished is the overthrow of a dictator and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iraq. Was it worth it? Only time will tell. From my perspective, history will not deal kindly with that American military adventure in the Middle East.