The 'legacy' of Iraq, creating much more hatreds towards us and what we say we are as we readily condemn others for same, that will last for the coming Decades!! The 'legacy' of Iraq, abandoning the main mission of Afghanistan and once again the promises to the Afghan people thus making it another 'war of choice' and a quagmire while boosting recruitment for those fighting the troops there, the young of that region, especially Iraq and Afghanistan, have grown up amidst the destruction and terror and are now the fighters, or as we call them in their own country 'our enemies'! The 'legacy' of Iraq, the tens if not hundreds of thousands dead and maimed as well as millions turned into refugee's both inside and outside of the country, as well as totally destroying the people's lives of and bringing on sectarian violence where they once lived as neighbors and friends!! The 'legacy' of Iraq, showing the World we have joined those already in the gutter as to human rights violations, torture and more, that never works in the first place and certainly not in the countries that are long practitioners of. The 'legacy' of Iraq, the expansion of groups seeking the retaliation or blowback from the failed policies and doing so with worldwide criminal terrorism towards us and allies of!! And so much more, All very negative to the World community!!
Cindi Staats, a 54-year-old disabled former aerospace worker from Walnut, Calif., made it her mission to catalogue the Iraq war's toll. Her website, fallen-coalition-heroes.com, is a roll call of every American fatality and became the source for The New York Times and others. | Jonathan Alcorn / MCT
Think for a moment about the emotional seesaw of someone who has lost a loved one in Iraq and hears that the war is about to end.
At first, there is relief: Americans will finally stop dying in a distant desert. Then an indescribable sadness, because it comes too late.
Ami Neiberger-Miller was on a plane to Colorado filled with soldiers on the day before President Barack Obama's October announcement that all remaining troops would leave Iraq by the end of the year.
They were familiar company. She works for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, known as TAPS, which aids the families of fallen members of the military.
The troops were on their way back from the war. They were dusty and tired. A homecoming with family and friends awaited them at the gate.
As they exited the plane, the other passengers and crew applauded. Quietly, Neiberger-Miller began to weep.
"Do you know someone in the military?" the passenger in the adjacent seat said gently.
She nodded. Her younger brother, Army Spec. Christopher Neiberger, was killed in 2007 by a roadside bomb, three days before his 22nd birthday.
"Our homecoming was a casket," she said. read more>>>