The following is the message from President Obama that was sent out from the Obama for America Campaign.
Jim --It's heart wrenching to consider the loss of life and devastation caused by this war - especially in light of how the threats were exaggerated to justify military action. I pray that our nation has learned its lesson and that the Bush Doctrine of Preemption will be relegated to the trash heap of history.
Early this morning, the last of our troops left Iraq.
As we honor and reflect on the sacrifices that millions of men and women made for this war, I wanted to make sure you heard the news.
Bringing this war to a responsible end was a cause that sparked many Americans to get involved in the political process for the first time. Today's outcome is a reminder that we all have a stake in our country's future, and a say in the direction we choose.
But today, our brave soldiers are returning home. Thank God the war has ended. I pray that our soldiers in Afghanistan will be home soon too.