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The United States Ends Military Mission in Iraq!

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Today, we are proud to be American!

After nine years, the U.S. military has formally ended its mission in Iraq!

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta flew into Baghdad today to partake in a low-key ceremony outside a terminal, during which American troops lowered their command's flag that officially marked Operation New Dawn, rolled it around the staff, and slipped into a camouflage cloth case.

Panetta says:

"To be sure, the cost was high, in blood and treasure for the United States and for the Iraqi people. Those lives were not lost in vain. They gave birth to an independent, free and sovereign Iraq. Let me be clear. Iraq will be tested in the days ahead by terrorism and by those who would seek to divide it; by economic and social issues; by the demands of democracy itself. Challenges remain, but the U.S. will stand by the Iraqi people as they navigate those challenges to build a stronger and more prosperous nation.”

Amazing!

We were starting to worry whether or not we'd ever see this day come!

But we're so thankful that it has!

[Image via AP Images.]

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27 comments to “The United States Ends Military Mission in Iraq!”



  1. 1

    Truth be told Iraq wanted us out of there. Yet we are taking credit for leaving. The media; what a bunch of liars.



  2. 2

    Just today? Then get the hell out of here, dumbass.



  3. 3

    A war based on lies, lies, lies.



  4. 4

    Every day we get closer , and closer to the destruction of this country under Obama
    IM sure most of you are unaware, but the Strit of Hormus is about to be closed off,all oil tankers in the mid east must pass through the strait, after that happens the price of oil will hit 300-400 a barrel
    Iran is building nuclear weapons, the Muslim Brotherhood just took over Egypt
    Meanwhile Obama is flying off to Hawaii for another vacation



  5. 5

    So beyond proud of boyfriend for serving two tours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  6. 6

    unlike you, I am always proud to be an american.



  7. 7

    Re: MR Pete – concur



  8. 8

    Too bad most of our troops are in Afghan now and not Iraq. The troops returning from Iraq will be turned right around and sent to Afghan.



  9. 9

    Re: curiousred – kinda like your entire life?



  10. 10

    Give it time and the terrorists will be bombing us again….wonder if Obama will try to pin that on Bush also…..

    Also, bringing these guys home takes away money from their families…this is a job from most of these guys……now they will get unemployment…..really stupid.



  11. 11

    Re: prepstige – this makes money for their families……without it most of these guys would be on unemployment with this economy….



  12. 12

    You should be proud to be an American EVERYDAY!!!



  13. 13

    Obama is doing this for political points but really they were basically kicking us out. He just used the opportunity to act like it is because of him. The media will never let that info out. They want to let all America think it is Obama's doing.

    People better open their eyes and get their head out of the sand. America is in real trouble and Obama is driving the ship. He can't blame this mess on anyone but himself.



  14. 14

    Re: JennyJJJ – yeah, because its clearly someone else who is doing it. its not like obama is also the commander in chief of the US military or anything..



  15. 15

    "We were starting to worry whether or not we'd ever see this day come!"

    Actually if you read the articles of war of Operation Iraqu Freedom, it clear states that we would be out on Decemebr 31, 2011



  16. 16

    So how many innocent iraqi civilians have been killed since the beginning of this war?
    hmm.



  17. 17

    Re: Baranged – THAT'S a good question, further it would be interesting to know what majority of them were shia killed by shiite and vice versa. i would bet large that the # killed by car bombs far outweigh those killed by US action.



  18. 18

    Just today you're proud to be an american? Aren't you of Cuban heritage? Did you not hear stories of what actual dictatorship is like?
    You're a spoiled brat, Mario. You have no IDEA what its like to live in a country like Cuba so you give yourself the liberty to only occasionally feel patriotic. Ass.



  19. 19

    Re: Baranged – oh boo hoo.



  20. 20

    Shameful. Iraq should be a permanent US colony.



  21. 21

    Re: triple M – My husband is in the military. And I fail to understand how they have to be sent over to Iraq or Afghan to make money? Its more beneficial to give members of the military jobs that they can use once they're out in the civilian world. The war in Iraq and Afghan are nothing but modern day 'Vietnam' … and I've realized that troops will come for R&R and or a 6 month leave period and be sent back over. It's not exactly 'bringing the troops home'.



  22. 22

    Re: MR Pete – " the destruction of this country under Obama" ummm I am pretty sure it was your stoopid pretzel president BUSH that started this war, and I am always amused by the fact that so many americans blame Obama for the shit that another president caused. As if he could fix a coutnry that has been damaged for 8 years in half this time…. how delusional are you???? With people that lack intelligence like that, the US will never recover, no matter what president you have.



  23. 23

    Re: JennyJJJ – Gosh, are you really that stupid?? The more i see your comments the more you sound like white trash. Obama did not start this war. He didnt waste all that money on it. It was the ol' Coke nose GWB. Its sooooooo easy to blame people who have different opinions, isnt it??



  24. 24

    Re: Judyg73 – wow you took the words out of my mouth well said…. Its sad to say but i honestly think most people hate Obama Because he's Black. We are way better off then we were when Bush was in Office… but no one likes to mention that.



  25. 25

    Thank You Very Much 2 ALL Of Those Who Served !!



  26. 26

    Re: kriskriskris – Wow that's so sweet! Amazing how one little comment can show what a rotten person you are.



  27. 27

    Re: Gay Republican – Pray, why is that?