Despite the August 31 deadline to end combat operations in Iraq, and President Obama’s declaration that the U.S. combat role had ended there, yesterday American troops found themselves in the middle of a gun battle, when insurgents attacked their base in Baghdad. Combat knows no calendar.
According to an Associated Press news story, twelve people were killed and dozens more wounded in the attack. Fortunately, no Americans were killed or injured in the fighting.
Obviously, no matter what arbitrary date the President decided combat ended on, from the safety and comfort of the Oval Office, our soldiers who are still in Iraq are still in danger, and will be, even if the Administration insists that they are only there in support roles, and as advisors to the Iraqi army. Apparently the enemy doesn’t read or listen to U.S. news reports and is unaware that we have pulled out all of our “combat” troops. Otherwise I’m sure they would do everything they could to insure the safety of our people who are still stuck there.
But what can we expect? Korean War hostilities officially ended with the truce signed on July 27, 1953. Since then, some 50 American soldiers have been killed and dozens more wounded in skirmishes with North Korean troops along the 150 mile long strip of land separating South Korea from the North, and our men and women continue to patrol the border as “advisors” to the South Korean army.
Those soldiers guarding the Korean border are just as dead, or just as injured as they would have been if they had been wounded before the truce was signed. Just as our “support” troops in Iraq are in just as much danger as any American serviceman or women was before the White House decided that the war was over.
It’s only over when the last American leaves the country for good.
Combat knows no calendar.
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