Dec. 18, 2011 - Last U.S. troops leave Iraq, ending war
Whoo hoo!! Truly Mission Accomplished for President Obama.
Pfc. Cesar Cortez died in a "non-combat related vehicle accident" while in The Kingdom of Bahrain, and yet his death is attributed to a war that ended 3 months earlier (by the DoD as well, not just some crazy, liberal website).
Cortez was assigned to 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas. He deployed to Bahrain in December 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
(I can only assume the italicized text above is part of a DoD press release, because it can be found, in various forms, in every single article or any other thing written about Pfc. Cortez.)
What was this kid who just enlisted doing being sent to any place close to Iraq at the end of the war? What special skills did he have that any one of the soldiers who were still there, or already in Bahrain, didn't have? Why do you need to fly a kid half way across the world to support a war that is over, and what support was he offering, and to whom?
I'm sure someone can answer the last question for me, but I highly doubt anyone can answer the ones before it.
If you don't like to read, this video explains the basic premise for you. Just put Eddie Murphy in the role of The DoD, and switch up ice cream for reliable power to the residents and business owners in Kandahar, as well as much of the rest of Afghanistan (something The Taliban provided 8 months after seizing power in 1994, which the US hasn't been able to do in over 8 years of planning for it) and you're up to speed.
Oh, and ice cream costs @$100 million/scoop and we're leaving hundreds of scoops to melt when we leave (if you factor in all the diesel fuel we've wasted to continue to power these generators over the years we've been there...)