August 31st, 2010
07:03 PM ET

U.S. combat mission in Iraq over

Almost seven and a half years ago, President George W. Bush launched a blistering "shock and awe" invasion of Iraq.

The goal: Eliminate a perceived threat of weapons of mass destruction while replacing a hostile, tyrannical regime with a friendly democracy in the heart of the Middle East.

At 5 p.m. ET - at a cost of more than 4,400 U.S. military personnel killed and 30,000 wounded - America's combat mission in Iraq officially drew to a close.

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  1. kaye

    the so called stimulus cost even more money then this war and did just as good....and come on cnn you know it's really not over yet!....keep the sheep happy!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Libby Klitsch

    David Gergen and the other pundits' criticism of Pres. Obama's speech on ending the combat operation in Iraq say the speech was confusing? He couldn't have been clearer or more direct outlining the improvements made in Iraq regarding training of their forces and transitioning out ours.

    Secondly, on the war in Afghanistan, he reiterated that this will not be an ever ending war. Both of these wars were not started by him, but yet, he has remained steadfast in supporting our troops, ending multiple tours and increasing veterans' benefits.

    Thirdly, Obama knows the Iraqi war has been unpopular and the mandate that elected him believe George W.'s reason for getting us in that war in the first place was based on false information.

    Lastly, I was happy to hear him talk about the economy as one of the biggest problems we're facing at home. He acknowledged the shrinking of the middle class, the high numbers of unemployment and the need get businesses growing again. I would have liked to hear him add, "On Labor Day, I will be revealing a new hiring incentive program for small businesses and the stimulus we have planned to fund the program. Funding this round of stimulus will come from the repayment from Wall Street and the banks of the stimulus given them last year."

    August 31, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. American Delight

    @Libby – "On Labor Day, I will be revealing a new hiring incentive program for small businesses." Ah, the old reliable. "I have a secret plan" to get us out of the recession. That'll work wonders.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Leo Seltzer

    I applaud Paul McG, for his comments in regards to George Bush initiating the war in Iraq. After 7 years in Iraq all that has been accompished is the killing of three men. Saddam Hussien and his two sons, all at the expense of over 4,000 American deaths and over 30,000 Americans wounded. Was it really worth it?

    August 31, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rafy solano

    no it wasn'

    September 1, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |