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POLL: The End of the War in Iraq

Let us know what you think by taking our poll and leaving a comment.

After nine years and $800 billion, the war in Iraq is officially over. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta declared it was the end, as the final troops began leaving the country.

The end came two weeks earlier than the U.S. and Iraq governments had originally agreed.

Not everyone is happy that U.S. forces are leaving.

Several Republican leaders, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona, have said President Obama's leadership concerning Iraq was deserving of scorn.

What do you think? Should we have left troops in Iraq, or was it time to leave?

C. Anderson December 17, 2011 at 01:55 AM
After WW2 we were the shinning light of the world. My parents from the "greatest generation" believed in the American dream. Since WW2 the US has been reasonable for more deaths of non combatants than all the other countries in the world combined. We always hear of the several thousand of our solders who gave their lives in this lie. But no one talks about the over 100,000 plus thousand Iraq non combatants who died, the 10s of thousands who were hurt, not to mention the personal loses of jobs, electricity, water and other vital services. Our country is becoming the monster my parents fought against. Thank god our solders are coming home, and thank you for your service despite the blunders of the chicken hawks who sent you. Our government is acting like any other empire or "master culture", history shows what will happen to us if we remain on this path.
margaret hines December 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM
We never should have gone there. Thank God we have left. Shame on Mr. McCain.
Nor December 23, 2011 at 02:27 PM
I am so amazed by some of these comments. Have you asked any of the soldiers that were there how they felt about being in Iraq? My brother who is in the Marines and is going back to Afghanistan soon, thinks that they made a difference being there and helped the Iraqi people.
Francis T McVetty December 23, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Nor, Thank God for people like your brother. We have made a difference, it is now up to them to make use of their new found freedom. Please don't listen to the nay sayers like Margaret, C Anderson, and Joyce. They are the Nevile Chamberlins of the world. They hide their head in the sand and hope everything is going to be ok. They are also the ones that also think that we can reason with these Muslim extremists. We all should sit around the campfire and sing Kumbaya, and that will make things all better.
Francis T McVetty December 23, 2011 at 07:18 PM
So Joyce, you are saying that the Iraqi people were NOT suffering under Saddam Hussein? Everything was rosy there?

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