On Monday, President Obama, accompanied by Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki, announced that all American troops will be out of Iraq by the end of this month, as promised.
But that doesn't mean we'll be out of there completely.
In fact, the U.S. State Department says that it has requested $3.8 billion for operations in Iraq during the 2012 fiscal year.
Per a State Department spokesperson: "This figure includes mission operations, such as security, logistics, and life support, as well as construction, educational and cultural exchanges, contributions to international organizations, and other general management expenses."
In other words, it's going towards keeping civilian contractors (i.e., war profiteers) in business.
I guess that's one way to keep some people employed in this economy.