Wednesday, August 18, 2010
THE IRAQ WAR IS OVER!!!!! Or is it?
After 4421 American lives lost, $5 billion a week for seven and a half years, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians lost, untold Iraqi soldiers, and allied forces from dozens of friendly countries, scandals and atrocities from both sides, and an all but destroyed nation, the carnage may finally end with the announcement tonight that American involvement in combat in Iraq is over. Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, spokesman, has said that he would "not call it a war " any longer. Our dear friend Mike Kane, who has served for the last year, was on one of those last vehicles that we watched exit the country on their way through that border gate into Kuwait. The last combat vehicle exited Iraq at 8:53 P.M. EST, according to live coverage from MSNBC News with Keith Olbermann and Rachael Maddow. One war down, two to go. (If you count the "silent drone war " in Pakistan, as well as the increasingly more violent one in Afghanistan.) Richard Engel of NBC News deserves a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in the war zones.