(Distributed ) The Associated Press
August 12, 2010
All American combat troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of August as promised and on schedule President Barack Obama told a Disabled American Veterans convention in Atlanta recently. Only an international force of advisers will stay behind to assist Iraqs new government temporarily.
At last, the terrible blunder by the former George W. Bush administration is coming to an end. The pointless, needless, unnecessary war that cost nearly 5,000 young American lives will pass into history.
The U.S. invasion was based on bogus reasons. Starting in 2002, the Bush White House declared that Iraq possessed horror weapons, and was in league with fanatics who would unleash those weapons on Americans. The Bush team said Iraqs people would greet U.S. troops as liberators, and Iraqs own oil wealth would pay the cost of the American attack.
All those pretexts turned out to be untrue. The Iraq war was a colossal mistake. ...
After it became obvious that Bushs reasons for the invasion were baseless, the White House shifted gears and said the purpose of the attack had been to remove a former dictator. ...
Looking back, the Iraq invasion was a historic U.S. bungle that wouldnt have occurred under a wiser leader.