In the Arena

A Happier Thanksgiving

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Amidst all the bad news from India, there is good news this morning from Baghdad, where the Iraqi parliament has approved the Status of Forces Agreement, which represents the beginning of the end of the U.S. military presence there. All troops are to be withdrawn by 2012, but more significantly, all U.S. troops will be pulled from Iraq’s cities and situated to base camps by next June. I don’t know that this can be construed as victory–the war was a needless waste from the start, and we don’t know yet what sort of Iraqi government will emerge from this–but it certainly is a tribute to the remarkable work done by the U.S. military. Hope the turkey tastes great today in the mess halls at Camps Liberty and Victory, and at the forward operating bases in places like Ramadi, Baqubah and Yusufiah…and in all our military facilities throughout the world. 

I’ll be heading to Afghanistan just after Thanksgiving, so light blogging from me for the next few weeks.

Enjoy your holidays.