In this battle, we have fought for the cause of liberty, and for the peace of the world. Our nation and our coalition are proud of this accomplishment – yet it is you, the members of the United States military, who achieved it. Your courage – your willingness to face danger for your country and for each other – made this day possible. Because of you, our nation is more secure. Because of you, the tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free……Tonight, I have a special word for Secretary Rumsfeld, for General Franks, and for all the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States: America is grateful for a job well done.” -George W. Bush, May 1, 2003
One can only wonder where the proverbial train wreck that is the Iraq War will turn next. With an ever-evolving mission statement, palpable miscues, and little to no understanding of the Iraqi populace, the Iraq war has been a complete and unmitigated disaster. I cant pretend to know what the next step should be, but how much benefit can maintaining a constant military presence in a foreign country be for the stability of that country?