The last U.S. combat troops have departed Iraq, leaving that country to figure out its own future. What did we accomplish? More than 4400 U.S. troops dead, tens of thousands of Iraqis dead, billions of U.S. dollars spent, Saddam Hussein hanged and Iraq’s fledgling democracy uncertain.
While many who were enthusiastic about invading Iraq — like Sen. John McCain — like to declare that “the surge worked,” Iraq is less stable than that would imply.
The Ramadan season has been deadly, with insurgents stepping up their attacks. There is still no power-sharing agreement between the major winners in March elections, so Iraq’s government is at stalemate.
And, with 50,000 US troops left in the country to train Iraq’s military and root out al-Qaida, the financial cost to American taxpayers approaches a trillion dollars. We’ll be paying that off for decades to come.