Dennis Kucinich’s opposition the Iraqi conflict is admirable, but likely to fall on deaf ears.
“Who is in charge of our operations in Iraq , now? George Orwell? A war based on lies continues to be a war based on lies. Today, we have a war that is not a war, with combat troops who are not combat troops. In 2003, President Bush said ‘ Mission Accomplished ‘ . In 2010, the White House says combat operations are over in Iraq , but will leave 50,000 troops, many of whom will inevitably be involved in combat-related activities.
“Just seven days ago, General Babaker Shawkat Zebari, the commander of Iraq ’s military, said that Iraq ’s security forces will not be trained and ready to take over security for another 10 years. One story is being told to the military on the ground in Iraq and another story is being told to their families back home.
“You can’t be in and out at the same time.
“This is not the end of the war; this is simply a new stage in the campaign to lull the American people into accepting an open-ended presence in Iraq . This is not an honest accounting to the American people and it diminishes the role of the troops who will put their lives on the line. This is not fair to the troops, their families or the American people.
“The Administration and the Pentagon would be wise to level with the American people about our long-term commitment to Iraq .
“The cost of the wars has been estimated to be around $1 million per soldier per year. Each year the troop levels stay at 50,000 means another $50 billion is wasted. I object to spending billions of dollars to maintain a charade in Iraq while our own economy is failing and over 15 million Americans are out of work. I object to keeping any level troops in Iraq to maintain a war based on lies. It is time that Congress sees through the manipulation and finally acts to truly end the war by stopping its funding,” said Kucinich.
I posted an article just yesterday by Chuck Baldwin and he points out in it that the Pentagon cannot “account for $9.1 billion” pertaining to Iraq. But as Grant Lawrence points out in his article What Freedom Looks Like, the conflict is far from over, and it seems to me that the build up, invasion, and occupation of Iraq had nothing more to do with national security than a dog would have use for cat food.
Leading up to the invasion of Iraq – now here’s a guy I cannot stand – Bill O’Reilly ran the biggest propaganda machine possible. Remember him saying that once the shooting starts “we should all just shut up?!” Or his constant denial that despite the irrefutible evidence that Iraq was sold on a lie, we should stay there and “finish the job.” That job, sadly, has never been clearly defined.
I can only think of one reason why the United States would keep forces in Iraq, and it’s not further secure Iraq’s future. The fact is, is that the necons influence on our foreign policy is still alive and well today. Upon it’s phasedown in 2006 Project for the New American Century (PNAC) said that its “job was done.”
The propaganda machine will treat Iran like Iraq: if we don’t act the world will come to an end and weapons will rain down on us. Listen me when I say, “This will not go well for the United States.”
Bill O’Reilly says the ‘F-Word’.
- What Freedom in Iraq Looks Like (grantlawrence.blogspot.com)