Iraq War Turns 7 To Little Notice; So Far, Six-And-A-Half Years Longer Than Rumsfeld Predicted
We’re seven years away from “shock and awe,” but few are stopping to note that. Pictured at left is the burning of an Iraqi government bulding on March 21, 2003.
Even in places like Oceanside, Calif., whose barber shops and dry cleaners cater to the Marines at nearby Camp Pendleton, the anniversary went largely unnoticed — as it has in years past. About a dozen people interviewed Friday said they were unaware of the milestone.
Troops and their families are much more focused on Afghanistan, where thousands of troops from the I Marine Expeditionary Force are headed. Iraq still stirs strong feelings on about whether the war was justified, but folks say it has faded to the back of their minds.
At Aviano Air Force Base in Italy, on February 7, 2003, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the war could last “six days, six weeks, I doubt six months.”
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