The newscasts Wednesday were full of video clips of smiling American troops rolling out of Iraq and across the border into Kuwait, with reports that the last combat troops were finally leaving that desert hellhole, seven years and five months after the U.S. invasion to overthrow dictator Saddam Hussein.
I’m sure that those soldiers are thrilled to be leaving Iraq. I know I would be! But the truth is, our troops aren’t really leaving at all. Even with the mass withdrawal, we will still have over 50,000 American servicemen and women remaining in Iraq, they just won’t be combat troops.
Oh sure, they will still carry weapons, but that’s just to defend themselves against attacks. And they will accompany Iraqi troops on combat missions, but only if they are asked to. And yeah, our Special Forces will still be in Iraq chasing down terrorists. But they won’t be combat troops!
I guess if somebody attacks a military base and the soldiers there use military weapons to defend themselves, we can’t really call that combat, can we? After all, the combat troops have left! And if American advisors to Iraqi units come under fire and have to fight back, how can we call that combat when the combat troops have left? And everybody knows that elite Special Forces soldiers are not combat troops, right?
So what happens if any of those 50,000 Americans still in Iraq are shot? Do they just get up and dust themselves off, and go about their business, because the combat is over?
So rest easy, Mom and Dad, your worries are over. The war is over and your sons and daughters are coming home. I saw it on the news. And the news people always keep us well informed with accurate, truthful reporting, don’t they?
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