Coming home from Iraq - warmest welcome
If you know any of these soldiers who fought in Iraq, if you have spoken with them, one thing that you won’t likely hear is complaining. They fought the war that their government asked them to fight, and they did so with professionalism and honor. Over 4,500 of their comrades, our soldiers, died in Iraq and countless Iraqi citizens died too, innocent bystanders among insurgents.
History is likely to prove as it seems obvious now, the Iraq war was a mistaken decision by the executive branch of government and supported by members of Congress who allowed themselves to be misled. They failed to effectively challenge the basis of war and erred in using it as a preemptive action instead of a last resort.
It is too soon to understand the full cost of Iraq War, but our nation, economy, and foreign relations will be surely better off when it concludes completely.
The best we can do now is to give our fighting veterans the warmest welcome home and all the appreciation we can render.
“Operation Iraqi Freedom ends as last combat soldiers leave Baghdad
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Lt. Col. Mark Bieger huddled his infantrymen in a darkened parking lot minutes before they were to depart Baghdad for the last time.”