Just a few of the offending Tweets from our ever accurate media:
USABreakingNews: CNBC: Last US Combat Troops in Iraq Nearing Kuwait Border, Close to Ending 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'.
AnnCurry: Last US combat troops in Iraq just x'ed the border. "Iraqi Freedom" is officially ended. Now what?
USABreakingNews: CNN- - Military: Last U.S. brigade combat team leaves Iraq; 56,000 troops remain. Fifty-thousand set to stay past August 31.
BreakingNews: Update: Last U.S. combat troops in Kuwait and out of Iraq - NBC News
And the article:
U.S. ends combat operations in Iraq. After 7½ years, last convoy of fighting forces rolling into Kuwait.
The last U.S. combat troops were crossing the border into Kuwait on Thursday morning, bringing to a close the active combat phase of a 7½-year war that overthrew the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein, forever defined the presidency of George W. Bush and left more than 4,400 ((4,415 to be exact)) American service members and tens of thousands of Iraqis dead.
The departure marks the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, P.J. Crowley, a spokesman for the State Department, told msnbc TV. But while it is “an historic moment,” he said, it is not the end of the U.S. mission in Iraq.
“We are ending the war ... but we are not ending our work in Iraq,” he said. “We have a long-term commitment to Iraq.”
Read the whole article and watch the video here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38744453
I SERIOUSLY think this undermines the job our troops are currently doing in Iraq. It's 3am where my husband is. Do you think he's asleep in a comfy chu waiting to get up in the morning to advise and assist the Iraqis?? Do you think the mortars have stopped? Do you think the missions have stopped? Of course not!!
So of course WE all know what it really going on in Iraq, but we are Army wives. My problem with the way the media is handling this is the way the public will view our troops in Iraq now. We all know everyone will now just assume that the war/conflict is over. That all of our husbands and wives and sons and daughters are safe now. When that is SERIOUSLY not the case!! My husband is still very much in a war zone. Living in horrible conditions, sleeping with his shoes and gun within arm's reach, waiting for the next siren to sound. Nothing has changed for the troops today, no matter what the media says. The only thing that is different is what they are called. No longer "combat troops" but now troops that are supposed to advise and train. There are 50,000 troops left over there. Don't be fooled, they aren't safe.
Maybe it's just my snarky cynical attitude, but I don't give the American people much credit when it comes to the military. After watching even one "Jay walking" skit on The Jay Leno show, we can all say that much of the public just isn't very knowledgeable about the world around them. It's unfortunate that many will
It may be a step in the right direction. But what now? What about the casualties to come? What the hell is this damn Operation New Dawn bullshit? How is my husband's life, duties, mission, safety any different now? This is all PR, all smoke and mirrors for the unwitting American public. I feel like I have been let down today, as an American that supports the troops as fiercely as possible, and as a wife to an American Soldier. I don't feel like I witnessed a historic moment, I feel like I just witnessed the biggest joke of 2010. The war is not over!! Combat is NOT over! I hope I'm wrong. I hope this conflict can take a positive turn, but even as I write this, I know it's not going to happen. My husband will have to wait for that siren until the day he redeploys.
I guess the take home message of this whole blog is just remember that there are still people over there. They still need to know they are being supported by the American people. They still need to know we care. It makes me sick to my stomach to think that these 50,000 brave men and women might be forgotten. Or not given the credit they deserve and have earned.