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  • Hooah! Surge Heroes End Operation Iraqi Freedom

    “Operation Iraqi Freedom ends on your watch!” exclaimed Col. John Norris of the the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, as the final U.S. combat brigade crossed into Kuwait from Iraq early this morning.

    “Hooah!” his soldiers roared back. Norris later told The Washington Post: “They’re leaving as heroes. I want them to walk home with pride in their hearts.”

    By the end of August the United States will still have about 50,000 troops in six brigades in Iraq. These “advise and assist brigades” will be primarily tasked with training Iraqi troops with the ultimate goal of all U.S. troops out of Iraq by December 31st, 2011.

    The successful end of Operation Iraqi Freedom is a complete vindication of President George Bush’s surge strategy and Gen. David Petraeus’ and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno’s implementation of it. Credit should also be given to President Barack Obama who had the courage to completely abandon his reckless campaign rhetoric and eventually embrace an adult policy on the issue.

    There is still much to be done if we want to Win The Long War, especially Winning the War in Afghanistan. But today is good moment to reflect on what we have accomplished and thank our troops for their heroism and sacrifice.

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    13 Responses to Hooah! Surge Heroes End Operation Iraqi Freedom

    1. Linda Revuelta San A says:

      We didn't win a war, we went to war! It wasn't evenn our war. Bring our troops home, their needed in N. Korea.

    2. Patrick Daylong, Tex says:

      I just hope that we don’t have to go back. I doubt that Obama will send troops back to Iraq no matter how bad things get there. I expect attacks on our remaining troops as those numbers are drawn down.

    3. Winton Burriss says:

      STOP, STOP SAYING WE ARE OUT OF IRAQ. WE HAVE FIFTY THOUSAND SOLDIERS THERE! OBAMA WANTS AMERICA TO THINK THAT!

    4. Denice Kruse Grand I says:

      To all of our military!

      Many thanks to all of you for your service to our country and to the people of Iraq! You are all heros and we are so grateful to you all. God Bless you and God Bless America!

      Your fellow Patriot,

      Denice

    5. Cathy Navo, Mandevil says:

      I'm so proud of our military, Words cannot express the pride and joy I feel as I thank the men and women of our Armend Services, on a job that no other military could have seen to fruition. There are desenters everywhere, but I can promise them that most Americans appreciate everything they do to keep us free.

    6. Ben Chatham, Wilming says:

      I am very happy to see those combat forces leaving Iraq feeling victorious. For those of us fought in Vietnam, we never had the opportunity of enjoying a feeling of victory, just defeat. dejection, and rejection.

      Now, let us hope that the current administration and Congress do not do to the Iraqis what the Nixon Administration and Congress did to the South Vietnamese Armed Forces, abandon them with no supplies and little, or no assistance from the US Forces remaining in Country. Because of that 10 plus years of American involvement in Southeast Asia was wiped out and millions of people in Southeast Asia suffered and died needlessly.

    7. Shawn Paul, Hamilton says:

      I want to take a moment to thank our military for a job well done in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Your honor, bravery, and sacrifice will not be forgotten by myself and millions of others in America and around the world. I happen to know a brave soldier who is one of the 50,000 who will remain for some period over the next year. God Bless and God Speed to Kenneth Howard, Jr. and all the others who truly know the value and cost of freedom.

    8. Paul Rinderle says:

      What are our Guys coming home to: No jobs

    9. dennis, washington, says:

      A "complete vindication" of the surge? Hardly. The surge was launched to enable Iraqis to reconcile and have a functioning government and political system. Elections were five months ago, and still no government, and no reconciliation. The surge has failed, and this is the second fake end of the Iraq war, the first being 5/1/03. This announcement comes so Obama can pretend he's fulfilled his campaign promise.

    10. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      I hope their blood, sweat and tears were not in vain. We will see what the people of Iraq will do with this fragile gift. They can honor them by daily fighting against tyranny and for liberty through the political system we helped to establish. That would be my only comfort if I had lost a loved one there.

    11. Adrianna says:

      Hooah! Are you serious? 50,000 troops and 100,000 private contractors are still there. 94 U.S. military bases and the $700M U.S. embassy the size of Vatican City. Over $900 BILLION spent. Yes, folks, "Operation Iraqi Freedom" is over! Now move on…

      "If you think we're going to spend a billion dollars of our money over there, you are sadly mistaken." -Donald Rumsfeld to Jay Garner, head of the "Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance," aka the Office of Waste & Corruption.

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    13. Judy says:

      Heritage, thank you for getting the word out about the success of this venture and the vindication of Pres. George Bush with this. Of course, the Libs do not want to admit this. Thank you to all of our troops who have served our country so well. And this also vindicates Gen. David Petraeus who was called names by the Left, and who I defended. I also defended Donald Rumsfeld who was a very important and intelligent part of the success in Iraq.

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