Is it over, over there? U.S. combat troops leave Iraq

MSNBC reporter Richard Engel went live from the scene as the last U.S. combat brigade packed up, and pulled out of Iraq. With Rachel Maddow in Baghdad and Keith Olbermann in the MSNBC studio. Watch the moment of truth:

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The Washington Post on how combat troops view the end of the mission.

The New York Times on the civilian takeover.

I don’t know how you’re feeling about this, but all these years later, and more than 4,000 lives later, I still can’t help but wonder why on earth this country invaded Iraq — what we gained, and whether any of it was worth so many lives. It’s a question I’m assuming we’ll be asking ourselves for a lifetime. Iraq, and why the Bush administration was so determined to invade it, was the subject of the first column I ever wrote for the Miami Herald, back when I was working for the local NBC affiliate in Miami in 2003. I still don’t have an answer. Do you?

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4 Responses to Is it over, over there? U.S. combat troops leave Iraq

  1. Alan says:

    Thank you American soldiers for you service.

    You don’t have an answer and you’re writing a column? Here’s the answer: America’s 43rd president directly liberated more people (over 60 million) from tyranny than any leader since Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  2. jreid says:

    So Alan, does all that Kool-Aid ever give you a toothache?

  3. Flo says:

    Alan loves deficit spending. And imperialism.

  4. Rupert says:

    Not feeling very liberated are the 35,000 Americans who are dead or seriously injured, or the 600,000 dead Iraqis. Abu Ghraib was liberating?

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