The president, ambassador and generals who spoke put up the best appearance possible for the withdrawal of our warriors who were remaining there. This enormous fiasco was started by George W. Bush because he really never had gotten over Saddam Hussein trying to assassinate his father in 1993. The war of choice was funded through emergency spending measures and didn't even show up as budget deficits until Obama declared the tricks were over. The war expenses began to show up as part of the deficit in fy 2010. Over 1 million of America's young served in that shithole. about 4400 were killed there. About 33,000 were seriously wounded....some triple amputees. Those who suffer from PTSD number in the 100's of thousands. Most of us don't know the name of a single one of those families whose lives have been adversely affected by these lingering conditions. The unemployment figures for the vets are two points higher than for the general population. Over 100 suicides each day across this nation are directly attributile to the war in Iraq. The percentage of vets on drugs is astronomical. With tax rates the lowest they've been in more than 40 years and the Republican party having taken a pledge to allow no increases one thing is proven. If American society had taken the same kind of stand during the second world war we would all be goose stepping. During my 60 adult years in this country things are worse than ever before. The richest people are in control and see no reason to pay a fair share and definitely will not put on a uniform and fight. Rich people in a military uniform are about as plentiful as hen's teeth. Every step the Republicans take in Washington are designed for two things. Make the president look bad and protect low tax rates for corporations and the wealthy. Surely there are enough intelligent Americans to see through this. Either that or Newt Gingrich will be annointed in January 2013.