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According to the Guardian this morning,
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.
Seven years late, but two weeks early. And only fifty-six thousand left in country. It reminds me of Marilyn Monroe's missed appointment with Bert Stern, if I remember the photographer correctly. She appeared unannounced and unexpected the following morning. She was, in her wonderful logic, "a day late, but two hours early."
 
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