Everything that American troops have done in Iraq, all the fighting and all the dying, the bleeding and the building, and the training and the partnering — all of it has led to this moment of success. Now, Iraq is not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.
Yes, that was President Obama at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on December 14, 2011.
For another perspective, former vice president Dick Cheney in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday:
Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.
In case there’s any doubt – he means President Obama, not the president who launched the war that cost 4,487 American soldiers’ lives, 32,000 Americans wounded, some 100,000 to 500,000 Iraqi deaths, and as much as $6 trillion.