The troops are through the door by August 31st, nd thank gawd that will shut republicans up. As a veteran my concern is where is this Nations Welcome Home for our Veterans? Where are the parades and the celebrations? Where are the jobs for them to raise their families with? I can see another Vietnam welcome, some 20 after the fact, that is coming up for the troops. And it is a time to take pause and "justify" one way or the other what this war really was. Is it another shameful event with baby killers, torturers, murderers of Innocent civilians, or is their some honor, and if so for what?? So lets pause to Obama's statement and dissect it. The US military has pulled tens of thousands of combat troops out of Iraq in recent months, with numbers now below 50,000, less than a third of the peak level in 2007, ahead of a complete pullout in December 2011. "I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the men and women who have served in Iraq and who are currently serving in Iraq," Obama said in the short video posted on the White House website. "Your dedication, your bravery, your courage, has made America safer and has helped stand up democracy in Iraq." Obama will mark the end of US combat operations in Iraq on August 31 in a speech to be delivered from the Oval Office. I have a problem with this war has somehow made America safer. There is no proof anywhere that the Iraq war stopped any attack on the American soil. The borders never stopped being opened to any terrorist who wanted to walk in, and no one can say they did or they didn't. I give the troops honor for doing what their country asked of them, maybe or maybe not bringing democracy to Iraq. In either event, I think they deserve a parade & a week of celebrations.