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U.S. ending combat operations in Iraq
msnbc.com ^ | August 18, 2010 | msnbc

Posted on 08/18/2010 3:53:28 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day

NEAR THE IRAQ-KUWAIT BORDER — The last U.S. combat troops were crossing the border into Kuwait on Thursday morning, bringing to a close the active combat phase of a 7½-year war that overthrew the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein, forever defined the presidency of George W. Bush and left more than 4,400 American service members and tens of thousands of Iraqis dead.

The final convoy of the Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., were about to enter Kuwait shortly after 1:30 a.m. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday ET), carrying the last of the 14,000 U.S. combat forces in Iraq, said NBC’s Richard Engel, who has been traveling with the brigade as it moved out this week.

“We won! We won! It’s over! We brought democracy to Iraq!” a soldier shouted as fellow soldiers celebrated their arrival in Kuwait this week.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cutandrun; iraq; supportourtroops; withdrawal
I don't know if anyone else is reporting this, but it appears we are bugging out.
1 posted on 08/18/2010 3:53:31 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day
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To: Choose Ye This Day

“I don’t know if anyone else is reporting this, but it appears we are bugging out.”

Cue the Iranian troops...


2 posted on 08/18/2010 3:54:50 PM PDT by jessduntno (Is Barack the Kenyan word for barracks? You know, a place where many men are lodged?)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

50,000 “advisors” still staying in Iraq though.


3 posted on 08/18/2010 3:55:01 PM PDT by maquiladora
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To: Choose Ye This Day

MSNBC has Olberass talking to an embed reporter on a US military truck, that is on it’s way with the rest of the US combat troops driving back to Kuwait.


4 posted on 08/18/2010 3:56:09 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hL4ANDp6MLdQm9vzaQyV7v28vUXwD9HM62FO0

Again, this is just “combat” troops.


5 posted on 08/18/2010 3:56:21 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Patriotism: looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. ~ Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Choose Ye This Day; All

Remeber all the pics of the purple thumbs when the Iraqis first voted?..I suspect that there is a strong desire for freedom and democracy among the Iraqi people..and when the US forces pull back to lagers, and turn all of the front line operations over to the Iraqis, and the glare of the world’s media is removed, I suspect that the Iraqi foces are gonna play a little more hardball with the terrorists...we’ve given them the opportunity to have a free country, now they have to earn it..


6 posted on 08/18/2010 3:58:53 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Ah, the 50,000 ‘advisors’ remain.

...but Bami pulled out all the combat troops, right? MSNBC just said he did...

I don’t know nuttin about nuttin...but I must have missed the news stories about convoys with hundreds of tanks, personnel carriers, artillery pieces, Bradleys, etc. making a convoy out, and loading up at a dock in Kuwait....seems like alot of ‘combat’ equipment is still there.

And probably a carrier group will stay in the Persain Gulf....

...and really not much will have changed...just politics.


7 posted on 08/18/2010 4:00:57 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Obama is a moron.

This is stupidity. We are abandoning an ally. We are leaving millions of innocents to the terrorists.

God help us. I believe Iraq has the potential to turn into Afghanistan times ten...the resources of that nation are greater, and the enemies surrounding her are legion.

Please, Lord, forgive this nation for walking away from your children. God, help the light still shine in that dark land.

To any IRAQI PEOPLE who may be reading this: please don’t think the USA’s exit means the people of America don’t care. In a fit of pique, our nation elected a group of bedwetters who refuse to stand up for ANY nation—including ours. We are working to elect BETTER leadership...please, stay strong in the meantime.


8 posted on 08/18/2010 4:07:47 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Choose Ye This Day

N0bama is going to cut and run and let Iran take over the place.


9 posted on 08/18/2010 4:09:56 PM PDT by citizenredstater9271
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To: Choose Ye This Day
Depending upon who is defining it (Just the press or the DOD) It may be nothing more than Semantics.. Or if the DOD is in on it the bean counters may be trying to reduce the Combat Pay of the fellows still in country. It's a slick trick. they used it in Bosnia to cheat troops out of Combat Pay in some instances.. Has some weird consequences.. For example a young SPC 4s unit found itself in an unmarked mine field. His leg was blown off and he rendered self aid applying a tourniquet. A medivac chopper arrived and a young lady/Angel medic unhesitating walked into the minefield to recover the Specialist. He survived and quite properly received a Purple Heart (If memory serves a Bronze Star as well ..not sure if it was with a Combat V or not). The young lady/Angel was awarded the Presidents Medal.. The highest “Peace Time” award the US Military has.. Don't know for sure but my guess is the best his unit was receiving was hardship and some permutation of hazardous duty pay vice Combat Pay. The young lady/Angel at best was likely receiving hardship duty pay. The point of course being an example of how the bean counters and political scum like to redefine whats occurring in the field based upon what they want the public to perceive and to save a little for their next boondoggle.

W

10 posted on 08/18/2010 4:15:22 PM PDT by WLR (Remember 911 Remember 91 Iran delinda est.)
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To: jessduntno
Cue the Iranian troops...

Fast forward a couple of years


11 posted on 08/18/2010 4:16:46 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Choose Ye This Day

FNC’s Shemp will be reporting on this in a few minutes.


12 posted on 08/18/2010 4:17:21 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-2-10!)
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To: Choose Ye This Day
This is the result of the Bush/Petraeus surge.

God BLESS our troops!

13 posted on 08/18/2010 4:18:29 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: dfwgator

“Fast forward a couple of years...”

Makes my stomach hurt...


14 posted on 08/18/2010 4:18:43 PM PDT by jessduntno (Is Barack the Kenyan word for barracks? You know, a place where many men are lodged?)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
The Iraqi army is well trained by our American troops.

This is part of the plan, put in place by President Bush. Obama will lie and take credit for the 'end' of the war, but he has done nothing.

He is worse than a moron.

He is a hard core Marxist, anti-American traitor.

15 posted on 08/18/2010 4:20:57 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Pretty chicken.


16 posted on 08/18/2010 4:28:34 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: jessduntno

My stomach has been hurting all day. I don’t know why exactly, but this seems like a really black day.


17 posted on 08/18/2010 4:31:49 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: dfwgator

I think the roof of our embassy in Baghdad can handle more than one chopper at a time.


18 posted on 08/18/2010 4:33:38 PM PDT by kitchen (One battle rifle for each person, and a spare for each pair.)
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To: ohioWfan

I hope you’re right.


19 posted on 08/18/2010 5:03:14 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
As someone said on another thread, all our troops in Iraq are combat troops. They're all battle hardened and at the ready.

This is NOT Viet Nam. Even with the Traitor in Chief. He's got his endless battle in the "good war" in Afghanistan.......the one that he bashed Bush for not fighting, as Bush was winning the war in Iraq.

He's a doofus and a coward, but even Obama doesn't want to be seen as the guy who lost the war that we had won.

He's not that brave.

20 posted on 08/18/2010 5:07:56 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: citizenredstater9271
“N0bama is going to cut and run and let Iran take over the place.”

Any thinking person can deduce Obama is a Muslim sympathizer. His support of building a mosque virtually on the 9-11 site is only the latest evidence. His plan is to “bring the war home” to Americans. There will be deaths on both sides as the jihadists move their operations stateside. Instead of taking the conflict to them, his plan is to move it here. IMHO.

21 posted on 08/18/2010 5:35:53 PM PDT by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Hussein’s only experiance is being a community activist and it shows every day. Please come 1/20/2013. Please.


22 posted on 08/18/2010 7:01:14 PM PDT by NewMexico Jon
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To: Recovering_Democrat

The jobs of president is way above Huss4ein’s head. He wasn’t even qualified to be in the senate. We must get him out of office and send him back to community organizing.


23 posted on 08/18/2010 7:01:19 PM PDT by NewMexico Jon
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To: citizenredstater9271

N0bama is a wuss and that’s being generous.


24 posted on 08/18/2010 7:01:22 PM PDT by NewMexico Jon
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To: Choose Ye This Day
One of Australia's "non-combat troops" in Iraq.

It's pure semantics that left wing governments use to cover up the fact that they have realised that it would be suicide to truly withdraw before the job is done. The US is just catching up with others like Britain and Australia which have already played this definition game.

25 posted on 08/18/2010 7:27:50 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Does this mean the war is “officially over” now, and we can have victory parades for troops coming home?


26 posted on 08/18/2010 7:36:03 PM PDT by Shadow44
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Not to worry there Pilgrim. There's still 50,000 of us here. Thats more than enough to get the job done...
27 posted on 08/18/2010 7:54:12 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Choose Ye This Day

Well my son is boots on the ground and he’s not leaving. Interesting.


28 posted on 08/18/2010 7:55:04 PM PDT by hstacey (Army Mom...)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

how much money is Iraq
costing us each year?


29 posted on 08/18/2010 8:14:12 PM PDT by element92
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To: element92
how much money is Iraq costing us each year?

Not as much as Congress!
30 posted on 08/18/2010 8:21:47 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Reelect Nobody)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
Thanks Choose Ye This Day.
The last U.S. combat troops were crossing the border into Kuwait on Thursday morning, bringing to a close the active combat phase of a 7 1/2-year war that overthrew the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein, forever defined the presidency of George W. Bush and left more than 4,400 American service members and tens of thousands of Iraqis dead.
Wait a second here -- I thought it was 10s of 1000s of Americans maimed, blinded, crippled, and killed, and a couple of billion Iraqis murdered by The Occupation...
31 posted on 08/18/2010 8:23:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

“This is stupidity. We are abandoning an ally. We are leaving millions of innocents to the terrorists.”

Sorry but we can’t be there forever, money is just one issue. Choose another Saddam that isn’t dumb enough to piss us off and call it a win!


32 posted on 08/18/2010 10:18:38 PM PDT by mainsail that ("A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights" - Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

msnbc.com reporting that civilian contractors will be taking over with security forces in lieu of soldiers. The prediction at the end of the article is that many thousands of soldiers will be subsequently sent back when this effort isn’t enough.


33 posted on 08/19/2010 6:00:38 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Gabrial

I completely agree that o’s plan is to move the conflict here. That will enable his civilian security forces, no doubt in training as I type.


34 posted on 08/19/2010 6:04:11 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: naturalman1975

Looks like a real pacifist there ;-).

Speaking of Australia, I thought at first that the headline said, “Wombat Troops.”


35 posted on 08/19/2010 6:40:02 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Maven of alcoholic beverage bargains!)
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To: ohioWfan

“This is part of the plan, put in place by President Bush. Obama will lie and take credit for the ‘end’ of the war, but he has done nothing.”

Absolutely...and the MSM is giving credit to Obama.

Also, look at this statement...

“Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving Iraq, well ahead of President Barack Obama’s Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations there.”

...”well ahead”...

What...a week ahead? lol

http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/last-us-combat-brigade-leaves-iraq-as-part-of-plan-to-reduce-american-troop-presence/19599495


36 posted on 08/19/2010 7:16:46 AM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: ken5050

“Iraqi foces are gonna play a little more hardball with the terrorists...we’ve given them the opportunity to have a free country, now they have to earn it..”

I think it’ll be better since the Iraqis aren’t bound by PC or brainless bureaucrats who want to avoid ‘antagonizing’ the terrorists. I bet that we will end up hearing of more kills by Iraqi forces from blogs, certainly not from the MSM.

I hope though, that since they want the troops back SO BADLY, that the hippies don’t spit on them.


37 posted on 08/19/2010 7:17:34 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Choose Ye This Day
Yahoo News is headlining this as "Goodbye Iraq."

Wait a second--when one ship had a "Mission Accomplished" banner that indeed applied to that ship, it was latched onto a an effective example of Bush lies, distortion, disconnect, etc.

That headline sure implies that ALL American forces are now out of Iraq.

38 posted on 08/19/2010 8:43:01 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown. -- written by Robert Towne)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

We’ll be back to save Iraq from Iran and Turkey


39 posted on 08/19/2010 1:11:57 PM PDT by hattend (Like a termite to wood, Obama only wants to destroy - Mark Levin)
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