Of course it would never have begun in the first place had the peace movement had its way. The human, financial and societal costs of this U.S. war of aggression are hard to fathom. What an unconscionable waste.
The Atlantic has an interesting article on the politics between the U.S. and Iraqi governments.
The Iraqi government has successfully resisted U.S. arm twisting to leave up to 5,000 combat troops as trainers (there will be over 1,000 troops guarding the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which will be the world’s largest, and there will be security contractors, perhaps as many as 12,000 or more, under the aegis of the State Department).
As more of our movement’s attention has shifted to the quagmire in Afghanistan, we need to remember the huge debt we owe the people of Iraq for the destruction of their society under not one, but two U.S. wars and crippling economic sanctions, all in the past twenty years.
Still, the U.S. is (mostly) getting out of Iraq by the end of the year, good news for the Iraqi and American people.