Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pon Farr, Cicadas, & Combat Operations in Iraq

It is that time again -- a special season:
The last American combat troops left Iraq today, seven-and-a-half years after the US-led invasion, and two weeks ahead of President Barack Obama's 31 August deadline for withdrawal from the country.

The final troops to leave, 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, rolled in convoy across the border and into Kuwait this morning, officially ending combat operations, which began in March 2003.
Oh, now I see it: "combat operations" have ended again. Those have been ending in Iraq for years. It's an every-seven-years thing, like the natural cycles of certain cicadas, or the Vulcan reproductive cycle of Pon Farr. Last time around, in 2003, it went something like this:

The last time this was announced was awesome too!

So, write it down, for whatever good it does you: somewhere out there, Vulcans are feeling randy, the cicadas are buzzing anew, and combat operations in Iraq are ending. We'll see you all back in the usual places in 2017!

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