U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL) today issued the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement that all remaining U.S. troops would be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year:
"I commend President Obama for meeting his stated commitment to get U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of this year. The fact is, it is long since time that we left Iraq, a war I voted against at the outset. We entered it with assurances that it would be easy and inexpensive, myths that were exploded over 4,000 combat deaths and one trillion dollars ago. It has been a further testament to the heroism and professionalism of the men and women of our military who, with their families, have made extreme sacrifices in service to their country, sacrifices the rest of us were never asked to make. It is now up to the Iraqi people to forge their own future, and for us to remain faithful to our veterans as they return home. There are many lessons to be learned here, and I hope we take the time as a nation to think critically about this war as we consider our foreign policy in years to come."