The countdown to a post-war era has begun: U.S. troops will exit Iraq by the end of this month. And as the U.S. withdraws, a few numbers are being cited by the news media. Take, for instance, 4,500: that's the total number of Americans killed. There's eight, the number of years the mission lasted.
Earlier today, President Obama gave a speech outlining US policy toward a changed Middle East. It was his first comprehensive response to the Arab Spring. He said the US would dole out fresh aid to countries in the region that support democracy.
It went almost unnoticed in major media this year, but we just passed the eight-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Most commentators now refer to the U.S. fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, but the U.S. has occasional military operations in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as well.
Hundreds of Chicagoans gathered downtown during rush hour on Friday to say that President Barack Obama still hasn’t been forceful enough in telling Egypt’s 30-year president to go. The demonstrators chanted as they held signs and waved Middle Eastern flags across from the Egyptian E