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Title: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: julianne on 08 18, 10, 10:44:03:PM
U.S. ending combat operations in IraqAfter 7½ years, last convoy of fighting forces leaving country
BREAKING NEWS
 
 
CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait — The last U.S. combat troops were crossing the border into Kuwait on Thursday morning, bringing to a close the active combat phase of a 7½-year war that overthrew the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein, forever defined the presidency of George W. Bush and left more than 4,400 American service members and tens of thousands of Iraqis dead.
 
 
The final convoy of the Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., were about to enter Kuwait shortly after 1:30 a.m. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday ET), carrying the last of the 14,000 U.S. combat forces in Iraq, said NBC’s Richard Engel, who has been traveling with the brigade as it moved out this week.
 
 
“We won! We won! It’s over! We brought democracy to Iraq!” a soldier shouted as fellow soldiers celebrated their arrival in Kuwait this week.
 
 
For Staff Sgt. Heon Hong of Guam, the brigade’s departure, which began over the weekend, marked the end of his third tour of duty in Iraq.
 
 
“I’m glad I’m here. I’m glad we’re done with Iraq,” Hong said as his transport arrived this week. Hopefully, I never come back to Iraq.”
 
 
Another soldier, Sgt. Devon Scarey of Deltona, Fla., said simply, “It feels awesome.”
 
 
Brig. Gen. Nick Tooliatos, deputy commanding general for First Theater Sustainment Command in Kuwait, stood at the border all night saluting each soldier as he or she crossed.
 
 
“I couldn’t have asked for a better honor than to greet some soldiers who have done great work for a year fighting our nation’s war, and to just be here and render honors to them and welcome them and thank them for a job well done,” Tooliatos said.
 
 
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38744453/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38744453/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/)


NBC & MSNBC have exclusive video.
 
 
Let's get ready to welcome them home.
 


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: cheryl1118 on 08 18, 10, 10:47:26:PM
Hi Juli!!
 
great news...I am watching now as I type
 
brings tears to my eyes...this has been a long time coming


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: Me_Beavis_U on 08 18, 10, 10:57:09:PM

What are you going to do about the 50000 left behind for an indefinite period while fighting continues.

What a farce post. You cheer that the enemy know we are leaving ,and can just wait to follow them back here to fight. Hurray for you and you Muslim love.


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: julianne on 08 18, 10, 11:01:13:PM
Beavis, are you even capable of being joyful for those troops who are on their way home and for the relief that their familes must feel?
 
Never mind.....


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: julianne on 08 18, 10, 11:04:39:PM
Cheryl, I'm not sure if you are old enough to remember but seeing this departure of our troops is a far cry from the sights we saw when our troops left Vietnam.
 
 
God Bless our troops and their families.


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: daw_jr on 08 18, 10, 11:08:49:PM
It is a beautiful sight. How anyone cannot rejoice at this is hard to understand.


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: Me_Beavis_U on 08 18, 10, 11:10:07:PM
COWARD, JUST A FRIGGING COWARD Julia. Again you show how ill prepared and dishonest your ILK is.

muslims hang gays, you have no outrage
They stone women and make them wear robes, you have no outrage.

Some one points out that you are a LIAR and you feign outrage, and change the topic. You and that race baiting nigger daw deserve what you get when they blow up your friends and children because of your agenda.


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: moneill16 on 08 18, 10, 11:12:31:PM
Why is only msnbc covering it!  This is Great news and no thanks to Bush who started it on lies


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: daw_jr on 08 18, 10, 11:23:04:PM
What did we gain from this war?

If anyone says we got rid of saddam, let me say we could have probably paid a sniper $50 to get him.

It breaks my heart thinking of the families who lost loved ones, those who lost limbs, those who have other permanent physical damage and the thousands who have mental problems now and those who will in the future. And then there is the matter of the trillions of dollars WE paid for. For absolutely NOTHING!!! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

I hope those in the gwbush admin, especially cheney and the rest of the the PNAC suffer nightmares, every night for the rest of their lives.


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: cheryl1118 on 08 18, 10, 11:37:01:PM
Hi Juli
 
No I don't remember the scenes from Vietnam.  Just hearing Richard Engle interview that young soldier live after he crossed the border, was just too much for me...Being I am a mother of a son...I can only imagine how his mother and family must be feeling seeing their son/loved one finally coming home.
 
Prayerfully I hope the U.S. will never get engaged in something like this ever again
 
WAY TO GO OBAMA!
 
 


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: daw_jr on 08 18, 10, 11:46:57:PM
My Twitter feed says fox isn't even talking about this. Unbelievable!!


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: julianne on 08 18, 10, 11:50:24:PM
Just hearing Richard Engle interview that young soldier live after he crossed the border, was just too much for me...
 
Cheryl, that brought tears to my eyes.
 
Daw, I did a bit of channel surfing during the MSNBC commercials and CNN covered it briefly but Fox is too busy still bitching about the Community Center in NY.


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: cheryl1118 on 08 19, 10, 12:06:48:AM
Daw and Juli
 
should we not be surprised that Fox is not covering this....
 
They enjoy keeping their audience in a frenzy.... that way the TeaParty/GOP leadership won't worry about relevant and responsible platforms to present to their supporters.  Its all they have to run on.
 
 this type of divisiveness is what they believe is going to help them win elections.


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: daw_jr on 08 19, 10, 12:20:14:AM
I wonder what the faithful fox viewers, who may have loved ones serving there, think of them completely ignoring this historic moment. Are they going to believe whatever BS fox gives them for not carrying this?


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: cheryl1118 on 08 19, 10, 12:25:53:AM
Daw
 
sure they will...someway somehow, the Fox pundits will spin this moment into an Obama bash fest
 
get the dogs foaming at the mouth...all will be forgiven


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: daw_jr on 08 19, 10, 12:33:19:AM
BTW, BRAVO, Sen. Bob Graham had the courage to publicly oppose the Iraq invasion and he just said it was a "pack of lies". BRAVO Senator, we need you back in Congress.


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: daw_jr on 08 19, 10, 12:43:53:AM
Last brigade just crossed into Kuwait! Thank you God!


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: julianne on 08 19, 10, 12:54:46:AM
I had to make a quick trip to the grocery store so I missed Senator Graham's remarks but let's not forget that Ted Kennedy, God rest his soul, and Nancy Pelosi also were very vocal in their oppostion to the Iraq war and voted against it.


Btw, while I was at the grocery store I asked the other people in line if they had heard the news and when I told them one lady, who has a nephew in the 4th Stryker brigade, burst into tears of joy and hugged me for telling her about it.


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: daw_jr on 08 19, 10, 12:59:37:AM
Julianne, doesn't that warm your heart?

There were many democrats in the House who voted against. The senate had 23. Did you see Sen. Chafee earlier? He was the only R voting against.

Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Robert Byrd (D-WV)
Lincoln Chafee (R-RI)
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
Jon Corzine (D-NJ)
Mark Dayton (D-MN)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Russell Feingold (D-WI)
Robert Graham (D-FL)
Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
James Jeffords (I-VT)
Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Paul Wellstone (D-MN)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: julianne on 08 19, 10, 01:08:27:AM
Daw, it certainly did warm my heart and I did see former Senator Chafee before I went to the store.
 
Here's more on those who voted against the war........
 
 
Saluting Members of Congress Who Voted Against the Iraq War
 
http://usliberals.about.com/b/2005/11/14/saluting-members-of-congress-who-voted-against-the-iraq-war.htm (http://usliberals.about.com/b/2005/11/14/saluting-members-of-congress-who-voted-against-the-iraq-war.htm)


Btw, as I was leaving the store and the word was spreading, I heard many people cheering and looked back and gave them a big thumbs up.


Title: Re: US Combat Troops Leaving Iraq
Post by: julianne on 08 19, 10, 02:54:34:AM
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.....
 
 
(http://www.palmbeachpost.com/multimedia/dynamic/00518/Iraq_Americans_Head_518249k.jpg) (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/multimedia/dynamic/00518/Iraq_Americans_Head_518249e.jpg)
 
 
 
I couldn't copy the larger version but the sign reads....... Lindsay & Austin Dad's Coming Home.