And, like that, the war is over.
Over with a somber ceremony in a highly secured location in Baghadad.
Over with a simple, two-word "Welcome home" from President Barack Obama in a ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Conspicuously missing were the throngs of cheering, pro-American Iraqis that existed so long ago in the fevered imaginations of former President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and those who manufactured a war out of misrepresented intelligence and fictions about threats and weapons of mass destruction.
We are grateful to President Obama for persisting in bringing this nightmare to an end. It is one of several actions he has taken that has brought a welcome sobriety and realism to our foreign policy.