September 5, 2010 1:46 PM

Commentary: America is leaving the ruins behind in Iraq

The end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq was declared Tuesday by President Obama at Fort Bliss, Texas. That's where I did Army basic training from Jan. 13 to March 8, 1969. Bliss, a misnomer for anybody who did sit-ups, push-ups and leg-lifts on its gravel parking lots when it still trained recruits and draftees, has become a crucial base for the war in Iraq.

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