“Major combat operations have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."
It's hard to believe that was 4 years ago today. I still remember the President landing on that air craft carrier and making this announcement. I recall the cute flight suit he wore as well, since he did not get the chance to wear it in Vietnam, perhaps he finally felt the obligation to wear it then.
Think Progress has a breakdown on the numbers.
Prior to major combat operations ending, 139 US Troops had been killed and just over 500 wounded.
We had more than 150,000 soldiers and new Iraqi forces were just forming.
There were less than 5000 insurgents.
President Bush had an approval rating of over 70%, similar to the numbers supporting the President's handling of the war.
It's been one helluva 4 years...
Scandals have erupted around the Bush administration. CIA operatives were outed. Scores of Bush appointee's have quit amid great controversy. Each day, more and more scandals break around the Bush administration.
4 years later...
3351 US soldiers have died. At least 25,000 have been wounded.
We still have 150,000 soldiers there despite Iraq having more than 330,000 in security forces.
It's estimated that more than 70,000 insurgents are now in Iraq.
Bush's approval rating is hovering around 32% with 24% approving his "handling" of Iraq.
All this AFTER this "mission" was "accomplished".
Despite all of this, the President resists any attempts to set time lines for withdrawal.
Sadly, it appears as though we will have an opportunity to discuss these numbers next May as well.