And so it begins ...
or, more appropriately, and so it ends ... breaking news at CNN reports that
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, meanwhile, on Sunday said he will withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq "in the shortest time possible."
Zapatero, who was sworn into office Saturday, had previously vowed to bring home Spain's 1,300 troops if the United Nations did not have "political and military control" in Iraq by June 30.
In other words, it's over. Everyone else is bailing, and the Iraqi insurgents are getting ready to really "bring it on." There was no other way this could have ended.