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:
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?