http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57344752/last-u.s-troops-leave-iraq-as-war-ends/Last U.S. troops leave Iraq as war ends
December 17, 2011
KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait - The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border to neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered, with troubling questions lingering over whether the Arab nation will remain a steadfast U.S. ally.
The mission cost nearly 4,500 American and well more than 100,000 Iraqi lives and $800 billion from the U.S. Treasury. The question of whether it was worth it all is yet unanswered.
Has the war on Iraq truly "ended," or has it merely become an institutionalized occupation
Aren't there still U.S. military bases there?
Aren't there still U.S.-financed contractors and mercenaries there?
How many tax dollars are still being spent to maintain (whether directly or indirectly through proxies) U.S. presence in that nation?
Since Obama is using Iraq as a campaign talking point, aren't American taxpayers entitled to know the answer to those questions?