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Back From Iraq
By B.B.
Source: St. Anthony Messenger
Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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At our Thanksgiving dinners, sometimes as part of the grace before the meal, we each say what we are especially thankful for right now. This year I will say I am thankful for the removal of combat troops from Iraq.

Yes, we all know it’s not “Mission Accomplished,” and we will never know the jubilation of V-E or V-J Day. Changing the program from “Operation Iraqi Freedom” to “Operation New Dawn” does not mean Iraq is militarily secure or its government is democratic. But it is a milestone, as President Barack Obama said in his August 31 speech from the Oval Office, only the second time in his presidency he has used that prestigious venue.

About 50,000 Americans remain in the country in an advisory capacity. What that means in a country that six months after its national elections had yet to form a government, I can’t predict. But I do know two things: Fewer Americans will die in Iraq, and Obama kept a key campaign...

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