Today the last of our troops crossed over to Kuwait, thus ending the longest, most expensive, biggest mistake in this nation’s 235 years. You can argue about the motivation behind this war, but even the most adamant of supporters must agree it was partially based on the lie that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.

It was a war fought by gallant armed forces who returned time and time again and have, I’m afraid, been irrevocably damaged by it. They and their families have born the burden while the rest of us have sat back and tsk tsked. Others have postured and demanded that we remain and have soothed what must be their guilt by loudly thanking soldiers “for their service.” These soldiers gave much more than service. They gave not only their blood, but their careers, their families, and for too many, their mental wellbeing.

This morning on one of the talk shows I watched a member of the Bush administration assert that we have left Iraq better than we found it. How can that be?  Upwards of 110,000 Iraqi civilians have been verified killed, countless thousands have been injured. Many areas have not been rebuilt, others have no electricity or still have rolling blackouts and no running water.  Untold thousands fled the country while sectarian violence was exacerbated. Over 4,800 American soldiers have died, over 32,000 have been injured. This can not be better.

I say thank God we have finally left. We had no business there. It is time to rebuild this country. It is time for our soldiers to come home and rebuild their strength. If they can…

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