OK, so the Iraq War is now officially over. They've lowered the flag, the last combat troops crossed the border today at 4:27 UTC. I think the big -- bigger than Vatican City -- embassy is still there and open for business, so I'm sure there are still some Americans there with guns, but warfighting folks are, apparently, on their way home.
I have, basically, no opinion on whether it was 'worth it' or not. I don't even know how you measure stuff like that. To me, you go to war if you have to, if you have no other choice. I personally don't think Iraq met that bar, but I'm not sure there's any point in arguing about it anymore. The dead are dead.
I'm glad it's over. I hope everyone gets home safe. I hope the place doesn't melt down in our absence. I hope we find a way to take care of all of the folks we sent there, and who now will be coming home to a not-particularly-thrilling homefront.
I hope we find a way to get the hell out of Afghanistan sometime soon.
That's pretty much all I have to say on the topic. But it's a pretty big milestone, so I thought I'd put a post up for folks to offer their own thoughts.
Have at it.