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So is the war really over?

Julia Minamata

Iraq War veteran and longtime Alibi columnist penned an article for us about the war’s end. He makes many excellent points, but two really stood out to me:

One, there’s a good reason the end of the war doesn’t feel like a solid victory for the country, why a decade of combat closed quietly and without the fanfare we were taught to expect from earlier American conflicts. It’s because the Iraq War wasn’t borne of any real neccessity. Limkin quotes Dr. Ronald Glasser, a Vietnam vet.

“Political wars usually end by everyone simply losing interest. Eventually, the tedium and casualties and the loss of treasure become too great to ignore, and the wars are simply abandoned and closed down while everyone pretends it wasn’t that important.”

Two, this is not the end. Limkin writes:

The end to the war has been declared. But the declaration hasn’t been that important. A private army of contractors remains in Iraq, funded in part by the $6 billion 2012 budget of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. So is the war really over?