Don't Panic!: Is the Iraq War over?
The last U.S. combat troops left Iraq on August 19. War over. Woohoo!
Take that, you stupid 9/11 terrorists who had absolutely nothing at all to do with Saddam Hussein or Iraq. Boo ya!
No. Wait. Upon further review, it turns out the war isn’t exactly over.
The combat troops are out, but there are still roughly 50,000 non-combat troops in Iraq. Iraq still has the third largest foreign deployment of U.S. troops in the world. Afghanistan, site of the War On Terror™’s other big clusterf**k, has the most.
Care to guess which country hosts the second largest foreign deployment of U.S. troops?
(Pause for you to Google).
That’d be Germany, which is haus-away-from-home for approximately 54,000 U.S. military personnel. Fun fact: The U.S.’s active combat operations in Germany ended 65 years ago. You probably know that particular active combat operation by its other name: World War II.