_Bulldog75: ONE STEP CLOSER TO ACTIVATION: 12/18/11: Last US troops leave Iraq as war ends. KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait (AP) — The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their convoy's exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered, with troubling questions lingering over whether the Arab nation will remain a steadfast U.S. ally. The mission cost nearly 4,500 American and well more than 100,000 Iraqi lives and $800 billion from the U.S. Treasury. The question of whether it was worth it all is yet unanswered.
THANKS LEXIE. "ONE STEP CLOSER DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD". NO HASTE, WE WAIT. YET WE KNOW AND EMBRACE THE MOMENT, FOR IT IS NEAR. WE PRAY AND KNOW THIS. WE MANIFEST OUR DREAMS AND HOPES NOW. AMEN. SUGAR PLUMS ARE DANCING. OUR USA OVEN IS STILL AT 440 AND 747s ARE FLYIN' HIGH.