President Obama has accomplished plenty for US war veterans since taking office, from repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to improving veteran’s benefits and initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of veterans and their spouses. But perhaps his greatest effort was keeping his campaign promise to end the sham war in Iraq and to exit that country, bringing our military might home.
The US military lowered the American flag at the Iraqi base today and officially fulfilled on that promise as fewer than 5,000 troops on two bases remain in country. That down from as much as 170,000 troops and 500 bases — it must’ve been an amazing logistics effort. Now we can finally start to work with the vets that come home — many of whom questioned why we were even there — and help them adjust back to life state-side. We may never be able to help them fully understand why nearly 4,500 of their brothers and sisters had to die, and why hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed, but we must assist them in getting back to a sense of normalcy in their lives.
So welcome back troops. Can’t explain why the Bush/Cheney debacle that started almost nine years ago as “Shock and Awe” was nothing more than “Crock and Flaw,” we’re just glad you’re home. Happy holidays to you and your family, and hope that 2012 brings you good health, great success and God’s blessings.
And thank you President Obama.