The last US soldier will leave Iraq on 31 December , 2011. It will be a sad end to an occupation that lasted almost 9 years and cost billions of dollars. More than 5000 American young men died for no purpose and in addition almost 250,000 Iraq civilians also died in a bloody era., many at the hands of the US soldiers.Even during the worst phase of Saddam Hussein 's rule so many deaths never took place.
So what did the USA achieve? I am at a loss to answer this question. Perhaps even the US think tank will find itdifficult to answer this poser. The fact is the USA shot itself in the foot with the Iraq war. It allowed the Taliban and al Qaeda to re-surface in Afghanistan and paved the way for a bloody Sunni-Shia clash in Iraq. Bomb blasts and a sectarian conflict is the watch word every where. No body is safe whether he is in Basra or Baghdad
It's already started with the Sunni Vice President Tarik Hashemi being accused of running a hit men gang to eliminate government officers. Tarik has an arrest warrant against him, but he has escaped to the Kurdish areas of Iraq. Tarik is a Sunni and this accusation has all the making of a Sunni- Shia conflict.
When the last US soldier leaves Iraq , the USA will have to do some soul searching as to what the USA achieveed in Iraq. More likely the end result could be a anti US regime dominated by hard line Muslim extremists. The USA would not have bargained for this. All in all a Pyrrhic victory. Wonder what George Bush has to say about it .