U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama addressed American Troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Wednesday announcing the end of the Iraq War.
President Obama said:
It’s harder to end a war than begin one. Indeed, everything that American troops have done in Iraq -– all the fighting and all the dying, the bleeding and the building, and the training and the partnering -– all of it has led to this moment of success. Now, Iraq is not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people. We’re building a new partnership between our nations. And we are ending a war not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home.
It was a war we should not have been involved in, but because the George W. Bush Administration had to find a scape goat after the 9-11 tragedy, Iraq Dictator Sadaam Hussein – sometimes friend and foe of America – was offered as the perfect foil, even as evidence pointed away from Irag.
The White House has a great interactive timeline of the Irag War, and while it’s worth viewing here, it spares the Bush Administration just by omission.
More on this later, today.