Ceremony Ends War In Iraq

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addressed the remaining U.S. troops in Baghdad.

He and other U.S. leaders participated in a symbolic ceremony, during which the flag of U.S. Forces-Iraq was officially retired.

He says was worth the cost in blood and dollars, as it set Iraq on a path to democracy. He told all U.S. troops, "your nation is deeply indebted to you."

Panetta arrived Thursday as the leader of America's war in Iraq, but will leave as one of many top U.S. and global officials who hope to work with the struggling nation as it seeks its new place in the Middle East and the world.

The U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003. The final few thousand troops will be out of the country by year's end.

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  • by Obama Snake Oiil Co Location: Washington on Dec 15, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    Bar-low, I agree with some of what you are saying but I will point this out based on you past posts....you said we went there for oil? What US company is involved with buying oil from them? My point is that is not why we went to war there, it was to save about 25 million poor that were opressed by a madman who was killing his own people with his sons for sport. the whole world knew about it and ignored it. You then said it Was Bush's war" Really? It was congress's war as they knew what Bush knew for intel people that were no different than you. If it were you and you were told he had WMDs, you saw pics of them, satillite photos and intell from other countries, dead curds from mustard gas then what would you do? Tell the president what you knew or fluff it off? If you did it for a living as with the CIA would you say nothing? Further, suppose you lived there in Bagdad and you knew all this. Would you keep it secret? Since you only accept party lines on the story and continue to deny WMDs existed, even pics of dead children killed by mustard gas would not convince you...what happened with those unaccounted for? The ones the UN said he had from the inspections? You heard of Wikileaks? http://hotair.com/archives/2010/10/24/wikileaks-documents-show-wmds-found-in-iraq/
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      by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 05:57 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oiil Co
      Oh no, here he goes again with those WMD,s. For the millionth time THEIR WERE NO WMDs. What is your malfunction?
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        by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 09:19 AM in reply to
        Hey, you libs just love Wikileaks. Well Wikileaks has the documentation for the WMD's Maybe bush knew more that you guys thought. I know he got more congressal aproval than obama got for his war.
  • by Sadly True on Dec 15, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    Just in time to kick of Obama's re-election campaign.
  • by Government LIED!!! Location: USA on Dec 15, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    Our government has lied to us x 60 yrs!! We have NOT been in a war since WWII that truly involved our national security!! Look: Korea, Vietnam, Iraq,etc. did we win these conflicts? If not, have these countries invaded our country? The government said the SAME thing for each war i.e. "if we don't fight them over ther, we'll be fighting them in the US". BS!! We continue to overfund the defense industry, at levels similar to the cold war!! We have bases all over the world e.g. Europe, etc. How many of those countries have bases in the US? We can't pay our bills and we still have bases everywhere! People talk about cutting government, but NOT defense??!! That's crazy! Ike warned us about NOT cutting the Industrialized Military Complex, and then they called him a commie! We can't keep funding defense programs like we're at war!! It's unsustainable!! William is right, let's take care of our own 1st!! leave those other countries!!
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Dec 15, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    Yeah, we are all about democracy until who we consider the "wrong" people win the election. Hezbollah won in Lebanon and Hamas leads the Palestinians. Whether we like it or not, this is the choice of the people who live there, not the US. We need to respect democracy in the form countries chose. I think what will eventually evolve in Iraq will not be the kind of democracy we approve of, or we have fought for. That is unfortunate but it is also literally none of our business.
  • by william Location: greenville on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:15 AM
    It won't be too long before we learn that Arab "democracy" is not the same as U.S. democracy and that fighting wars in the Middle East in the name of nation-building is about the dumbest waste of lives and money in history. The Arabs don't like us - particularly on their territory - and they never will. Our troops performed with honor and deserve to leave honorably. However, the government can spray their decisions with whatever perfume they like. They still stink.
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      by Mike on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:36 AM in reply to william
      Well said, William!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:55 AM
    This is news unlike much of the other stuff on here.
  • by breaking news? on Dec 15, 2011 at 02:34 AM
    seriously, WITN? @ 5:30am you came on with this as breaking news? nice try...not.

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