Days after the U.S. officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq's ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad on Sunday. The fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens.The troops are still on the ground. They are still fighting. Now, there may be very good arguments presented as to why the US forces still need to be there, chiefly among them still Colin Powell's (in)famous "You break it, you bought it" argument from way, way back. And if you are Barry Tumbleweed in the Oval, you just might make those arguments. But he doesn't. See, it's an election year, and he thinks that this will make his followers happy and full of pride and joy, like a pinata ready to be beaten by the fat kid in the backyard birthday party. See? See? I ended the war.
It was the first exchange of fire involving U.S. troops in Baghdad since the Aug. 31 deadline for formally ending the combat mission, and it showed that American troops remaining in the country are still being drawn into the fighting.
The attack also made plain the kind of lapses in security that have left Iraqis wary of the U.S. drawdown and distrustful of the ability of Iraqi forces now taking up ultimate responsibility for protecting the country.
Sunday's hour-long assault was the second in as many weeks on the facility, the headquarters for the Iraqi Army's 11th Division, pointing to the failure of Iraqi forces to plug even the most obvious holes in their security.
Yes. Just like Richard Nixon did.
And yes, that phrase you are looking for is "Vietnamification", Barry. Look it up. And look how well that turned out for your troops back then. Last chopper out of the Green Zone in four years?
Six days until the end of combat missions.
Six days and counting.