Thursday, July 01, 2010

In Iraq, Little To Show

In Iraq, Little To Show For Lost Lives, Billions Spent

July 1, 2010 Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq's cities. Amid the continuing drawdown, only 50,000 U.S. troops will be left in Iraq by the end of the summer.

The country is at a crossroads. While violence is down from the levels of 2006 and 2007, many Iraqis say the country the U.S. is slowly leaving behind is hardly a success story.

Every day, massive convoys roll out of Iraq carrying the machinery of war. This is one of the largest and most complicated drawdowns in U.S. history — as well as one of the speediest.

The message from America's politicians, military and diplomats is clear: The Iraq war — at least America's role in it — is over. U.S. forces are now assuming a training and advisory role. Continued

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