December 22, 2011      Share

It’s over, and what a way to end the year!
After 4500 KIA, 32,000 WIA, and $800 billion,
the U.S. formally shut down the nearly
9-year-long war in Iraq.
It was done at a formal ceremony in Baghdad
in which the flag of U.S. Forces-Iraq was
officially retired, or “cased.”
Everything about it was carefully orchestrated,
but not *all* went according to plan.

The Top 9 Surprises at the U.S.
Forces-Iraq End-of-Mission Ceremony

9> Everyone enjoyed the yellowcake at the reception.

8> Departing troops marched out under a “Mission Accomplished?”

7> Plans were rolled out for Disneyland-Baghdad theme park.

6> No one blamed Israel until at least 10 minutes after it was

5> In a salute to the departing troops, untrained Iraqi pilots
towed their helicopters down the runway in tribute.

4> The audience was shocked and awed by the precision shoe

3> Surprisingly, none of the speakers took the opportunity to
say, “We were caught between Iraq and a hard place”.

2> Various-sized adhesive letter N’s were distributed to the
troops to update logos, orders and supplies labeled “IRAQ.”

and the Number 1 Surprise at the U.S. Forces-Iraq End-of-Mission Ceremony…
1> The Baghdad High cheerleaders demonstrated their Abu Ghraib
pyramid after the ceremony.



Selected from 31 submissions from 8 contributors.
This week’s list authors are:

Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC — 1, 2, 4, 9 (4-day pass!),
Banner tag (35th #1!)
Edward Rodman, St. Marys, GA — 2, 7
Dave Ferry, Purvis, MS — 3
Marty McCullen, Gettysburg, PA — 3
Michael Cunningham, Woodridge, IL — 5, 8
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA — 6
Leonard Topolski, Pearland, TX — 7, 8
Colonel Howie, The Pentagon, VA — Topic
Kilroy, Washington, DC — Graffitist

RUNNERS UP list — Retreatment Center

Apparently in a Freudian slip, President Obama referred to the
Iraqi capital as “Badgag”.
     (Marty McCullen, Gettysburg, PA)

Everybody in Iraq is being transferred to the Occupy Wall Street
parks for evacuation and clean up.
     (Dave Ferry, Purvis, MS)

Former Secretary Rumsfeld provided snowflake decorations for the
Army that’s leaving now, not the Army you might want or wish to
have leave at a later time.
     (Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC)

Secretary Panetta and defense contractors were seen desperately
trying to find another “hot spot.”
     (Leonard Topolski, Pearland, TX)

Someone noticed.
     (Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA)

The new Iraqi commander-in-chief clung to the leg of Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey, begging him not to go.
     (Michael Cunningham, Woodridge, IL)

There was an unveiling of the “Statue of Futility.”
     (Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA)

Runners Up list name
     (Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC)