With little fanfare, the last full combat brigade has loaded up their gear and driven out of Iraq. Left behind are 50,000 “non-combat” troops as “advisors”.
While any soldier will tell you that there’s no such thing as a “non-combat troop”, this is still a significant event. Private security forces will take a more active role in combat operations in areas where Iraqi security forces are not up to strength. It’s a bit of a bait-and-switch and the potential for a swell of anti-government insurgency to overwhelm the Iraqi forces is real. Still, our troops are coming out of harm’s way and that’s a reason to celebrate.
Hot Air has commentary as well as video from MSNBC that’s worth a watch.