The President last night made it official, the American combat mission in Iraq is over. He did not say that the war is over, just the combat ( if a war is about combat, and the combat is over, why can't we say that the war is over?). We must wait another year for the war to be over and then again if the Iraqi ask us , we might stay a little longer. Not for combat although the troops will be combat ready. The combat mission, aka Operation Iraqi Freedom, is over. the Operation New Dawn mission or more properly, the " what do we do next" mission is just beginning.
Secretary Gates has said that only history will judge if seven years of war in Iraq was worth the cost. My two cents worth is available now. A war based on false claims resulting in the loss of over 4400 American lives was not worth it!