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The Sense of an Ending

Just got a press release from Rep. Renee Ellmers (R., N.C.). Full text, italicized in the original:

“On Friday, President Obama announced his decision to withdraw our remaining troops from Iraq by the end of the year. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank the brave men and women of our armed forces and their families for their noble sacrifice in the defense of liberty and freedom abroad.”

“Today we can look back with pride on the victory we accomplished, the challenges we overcame, and the valor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. While the military operation will be coming to a close, we must remain vigilant and ready to protect the United States at home and abroad. May God continue to bless and protect our troops and continue to bless the United States of America.”

Interesting that Rep. Ellmers does not express any disagreement with the decision or any concern about whether future developments in Iraq will advance or set back U.S. interests.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.