The man who ended the war
More than 4,500 U.S. troops lost their lives in Iraq, and more than 30,000 were wounded. Today, an important phase of the Second Gulf War, or whatever you want to call it, is over.
Yes, thousands of U.S. contractors and diplomats remain in the country, supporting the Iraqi government's effort to build a stable and prosperous society, but the departure of U.S. troops is an important symbolic step.
And in addition to the symbolism, the departure of U.S. troops will mean that no more U.S. troops return from Iraq in caskets, or with wounds they will carry with them the rest of their lives.
Good luck, Iraqis, on the road back to prosperity.
Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).