At Long Last, US Troops Are Leaving Iraq

More, with a whimper, than a bang. The rape is over, leaving brutal scars.

Thousands of US soldiers killed, tens of thousands wounded and/or maimed, thousands of lives ruined, hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars gone.

And on the Iraq side, at a minimum:

Number of Iraqis who died of violence 2003-2011: 150,000 to 400,000.

Population of Iraq: 30 million.

Percentage of Iraqis who lived in slum conditions in 2000: 17

Percentage of Iraqis who live in slum conditions in 2011: 50

Number of the 30 million Iraqis living below the poverty line: 7 million.

Orphans in Iraq: 4.5 million.

Orphans living in the streets: 600,000.

Iraqi refugees displaced by the American war to Syria: 1 million

Internally displaced persons in Iraq: 1.3 million

Proportion of displaced persons who have returned home since 2008: 1/8

Rank of Iraq on Corruption Index among 182 countries: 175

The cruel aftermath of Fallujah, as one example.