'The beginning of the end' not by a long shot for the people of Iraq, especially, and the region, who's lives and everything they once were we turned completely upside down and will never be forgotten especially by those who lost loved ones, friends, their homes and businesses. The pandora's box of once peaceful sectarian lives destroyed now pitting the sects and tribes against one another as enemies. Some possibly within will seek retaliation in the blowback to those who invaded, destroyed and occupied. Tens of thousands killed, tens of thousands maimed, millions turned into refugee's in and out of country, many of those still living in their new existence of that status. The once mighty U.S. reputation and moral standing now exposed as a lie to all on the planet and many within accept all that occurred as they yell 'God Bless America!'while waving the flag that now is disgraced as well as not 'teaching' but 'indoctrinating' our next generations on 'patriotism' and the 'homeland' lockstep of pure arrogance and hypocrisy.
Nope, 'the beginning of the end' have shaped the decades to come, like 'shock and awe!' shaped the failed policies, and what it will be like as the Country needs more enhanced and very costly national security needs as well as much less in personal freedoms of the citizens in a democracy, to protect those citizens within our own borders.
And all built on the lies of a few within that sought and got the reigns of power to carry it all out!
December 2, 2011 - CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Inside palace walls built by Saddam Hussein, U.S. generals plotted the war's course, tracked the mounting death toll and swore in new American citizens under gaudy glass chandeliers.
Just outside the palace, American troops whacked golf balls into man-made lakes or fished for carp while others sat down with a cigar and a can of nonalcoholic beer hoping for a respite from incoming rockets or mortar shells.
Along another lake some distance away, a jailed Saddam tended to tomatoes and cucumbers in a small, walled-off enclosure with guards patrolling overhead.
Ever since the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division fought their way into the Baghdad airport grounds nearly nine years ago, the sprawling area they renamed Camp Victory has held a special place in the American military experience in Iraq.
On Friday, the base that at its height was home to 46,000 people was handed over to the Iraqi government as part of American efforts to move all U.S. troops out of the country by the end of the year. read more>>>
'The beginning of the end', as the citizens of the U.S. have already used their well known arrogance and especially apathy of the rest of the planet to move quickly on, blanking out the country destroyed and it's people and their lives, the soldiers and veterans sent into and their families, many on multiple tours, and any responsibility as to the results of the policies they cheered on!
And still No Accountability, as the World and especially the people of that country and region we inflamed wait, for those still reaping wealth and more from the destruction in many forms and many places they sought and got!
And will repeat same probably not to far down the road and into the future!