Relief, anxiety and anguish mark the end of the Iraq war

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 25, 2011 - 9:31 AM

In Minnesota's small towns, which supplied most of the state's soldiers and bore the greatest burden of the war's casualties, the human tally is still being counted. In Chisago City there is relief. In Fairmont, anxiety. In Madelia, anguish.

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justanother1Dec. 24, 11 9:55 PM

You mean the end to the 'Authorization for Military Action' that lasted 8 years? No one ever declared it a war in congress or the office of the POTUS. Regardless, thank goodness and thank you to all those who served and were fortunate enough to return. Don[t let your country do this to you ever again.

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Thumper5316Dec. 24, 1111:21 PM

Thank you for your service, gentlemen. WELOME HOME.

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charles3Dec. 25, 11 5:03 AM

WELCOME HOME HEROS!

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dorianmodeDec. 25, 11 9:55 AM

Indeed. Glad they are home. But WHAT A TRAGEDY ! As we have seen in the news, 50 bombings this week ! A return to the pre-"surge" level of violence. All those lost, damaged and never to be healed lives. How could anyone have ever thought that they could build a nation from groups that have been at each other's throats for a thousand years. Yet the fat old men at their desks in the Pentagon tap into the patriotic "impetus" of good young people, and spout this crap, that they are "defending their country", and get the gullible to buy it, once again. In fact, they have weakened the country by contributing to our bankruptcy. Mommas, don't let your babies give up their lives for such nonsense. We LOST. There is no real government in Baghdad.50 years from now, just as with Viet-nam, this will be seen to be a huge waste, just as Afghanistan also is. The generals, and military industrial complex needs to be fed $$$. Don't feed the monster.

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carodun133Dec. 25, 1110:30 AM

For one day lets just forget we are anything but American's, thank these gentlemen and women for their service and enjoy the holidays no matter what you believe or don't believe. Merry Christmas to all. If you don't believe have a great day and a safe week. A very Safe and Happy New Year to All, even to the Chinese who celebrate at another time of year. I hope I didn't offend anyone. Best wishes to all.

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hutch53Dec. 25, 1110:57 AM

I'm sure glad that things are different for the vets are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. They are either being welcomed home or at least left alone. It beats the reception I got when I came home form Vietnam. Both times.

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hutch53Dec. 25, 1111:11 AM

dorianmode. Thank you for your expose on conditions in our country. Your insights into the workings of the pentagon are just great. I just wonder, that with your intelligence, why aren't you in Washington solving all the ills of the world instead of making comments in the Strib?

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jarlmnDec. 25, 1112:25 PM

Yet another reason to reinstate the Draft. As long as the stats of 99% and 1% are being bandied-about elsewhere, let us be reminded that only 1% of our population serves in the military. How is it "equitable" and "just" that only the poor and lower-middle-class, usually from small towns, are the only ones shouldering responsibility and being sent in harm's way? Say what you want about war, just or unjust ones. But let us make the military more representative of all those it protects.

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rjr2205Dec. 25, 11 7:24 PM

As a fellow veteran, I thank Hutch53 and others for your service!! Dorianmode and jarimn, I greatly respect and appreciate your comments re how the people in the military are first brainwashed and then used by those who will never serve nor will their children. We went to Vietnam to prop up a brutal dictator just because he wasn,t communist ala Sadam/Iraq. I was a corpsman and I can attest to tht tradgedy of war! I would reup in a minute to protect our shores, but enough blood & treasure has been wasted in Nam, Iraq, & Afghanastan!! God bless our military, military families, veterans and God bless the USA!!!

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william2mnDec. 29, 11 8:09 PM

Just like Vietnam - a lot of dead Americans, wounded Americans, and money wasted for absolutely no reason. Glad to see troops finally getting out of that pit and hopefully out of Afghanistan soon also. I saw Cheney on TV today and it is amazing that we live in a world where the men and women that instigated the Iraq War go on to live comfortable lives - better off than before - while so many children celebrated Christmas minus a parent that was killed due to these politicians hubris and lies. Oh - well - another war without meaning - and the Republicans are queuing up Iran next.

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