December 15, 2011 |
The U.S. military mission in Iraq formally ended Thursday in a small ceremony at Baghdad airport as the last U.S. troops prepared to leave the country after nearly nine years of war, billions of dollars spent and nearly 4,500 lives lost. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and other top civilian and military officials flew in to Baghdad to mark the formal end of the U.S. military effort, one of most divisive wars in American history. Instead of addressing the deep questions about the war, Panetta paid tribute to U.S. troops, arguing that the combat losses and the enormous expenditure of resources since 2003 had not been wasted.
December 15, 2011 |
After nearly nine years of war, the loss of more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars spent, the U.S. military mission in Iraq has formally ended. But violence continues to roil the Mideast nation, and its political destiny is far from certain. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and other top U.S. officials conducted a low-key ceremony on a military base at the Baghdad airport Thursday, furling the flag to signal the official conclusion of one of the most divisive wars in American history.
April 29, 2011 |
A NATO airstrike in the besieged rebel-held city of Misurata mistakenly killed 12 Libyan rebels, an official with the transitional government confirmed Thursday, while new fighting was reported on Libya's western border with Tunisia. The strike Wednesday was at least the third reported friendly fire incident since North Atlantic Treaty Organization fighter jets began pounding forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi more than five weeks ago in a mission to protect Libyan civilians. Leaders of the anti-Kadafi forces have labeled the incidents unfortunate accidents in a worthy cause, reflecting wide support in rebel ranks for the NATO strikes.
March 25, 2011 |
President Obama has reached out to congressional leaders to discuss the U.S. military operation in Libya, and will address the American people about the conflict "in the very near future," the White House said Friday. Without offering specifics as to the time or nature of any planned remarks, Press Secretary Jay Carney promised that the president would offer "a very clear explanation" for his decision to involve U.S. forces in the Libyan campaign. "I think that the American people do expect and will get from this president what they have gotten in the past, which is a very clear explanation of the decisions he makes when he makes the significant decision to engage in military action," Carney said at his afternoon briefing.
March 22, 2011 |
President Obama on Tuesday defended the United States' involvement in military strikes on Libya, maintaining that the commitment is "limited in time, scope, with a well-defined mission. " As he faces growing dissent at home for the manner in which the operation was launched, Obama said Americans "should be proud" of an effort that averted a major humanitarian crisis. Photos: U.S., allies launch attacks in Libya "We have already saved lives," Obama said during a news conference in El Salvador, where he is continuing a scheduled five-day Latin American trip.
October 9, 2004
When will we have finished our mission in Iraq? Soon. We have captured Saddam Hussein and have checked out the country for weapons of mass destruction. Thus the Iraqi threat, whatever it may have been, has been dismantled. Soon Iraqis will vote in a free election. That is accomplished also. It has cost America the grief of almost 10,000 casualties, plus hundreds of billions of dollars, which we sorely needed elsewhere; deepened hatred of us in the world of Islam; and tarnished the historical glow of the American halo.