CAMP VIRGINIA, KUWAIT - DECEMBER 18: Specialist Ashley Walter (L) hugs Staff Sergeant Diana Royal from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division after Royal arrived in the last American military convoy to depart Iraq on December 18, 2011 in Camp Virginia, Kuwait. Around 500 troops from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division ended their presence on Camp Adder, the last remaining American base, and departed in the final American military convoy out of Iraq, arriving into Kuwait in the early morning hours of December 18, 2011. All U.S. troops were scheduled to have departed Iraq by December 31st, 2011. At least 4,485 U.S. military personnel died in service in Iraq. According to the Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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All we accomplished there was making a bigger mess, and spending about a trillion dollars. Oh, and making contractors a boatload of money.
The beat of US military imperialism goes on. Obama just signed a bill that increases defense spending at the same time that it cuts LIHEAP, the program that gives fuel assistance to low income folks. It's clear that our national priority is killing people in other countries, and we'd rather do that than help the living in our own.