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It's About Time

Date: 20 December, 2011

By: Chief

Imageo you happen to remember what was going on around the 5th of February, 2003? Well don't feel bad — neither do I. To clear the air, Colin Powell, then Secretary of State, was talking to the U.N. Security Council about Iraq. His speech was nothing more or less than a prelude to war. And on the 19th of March, 2003 — we did it. We precipitated a "war of aggression" against a sovereign nation — the nation of Iraq. Well finally, kinda, it is over ... sort of.

The count

After 8 years, 8 months and 26 days (more or less) our "last" troops left the sand pit called Iraq. And what a war it was. According to the bean counters in the Pentagon (Quoting AP and CBC):

"103,775 - (at least) Iraqi deaths as of Nov. 30, 2011 from war-related violence, according to Iraq Body Count.

"2,097 - (at least) Deaths of civilian employees of U.S. government contractors as of Sept. 30, 2011.

"464 - Assassinated Iraqi academics as of Aug. 25, 2011.

"174 - Journalists killed on assignment as of Nov. 30, 2011."

Now those 'minor' numbers do not include the number of U.S. servicemen and women who died or were wounded fighting this worthless, illegal and immoral war. Those numbers are (quoting Wikipedia):

Remember people those numbers represent our sons and our daughters. We the Peoples' children who now, thanks to a cowardly bunch of rabid curs (Congress), a sold out press and a pair of presidents who didn't know what to do, have no future.

Oh and then there are the parents of those killed and wounded. How do they feel? I would be willing to bet somewhat — empty. I know I'd feel that way. Possibly betrayed as well. Face it, the rabid curs in Congress could have, and in this particular case should have, stopped Bush 43 from instigating war. But they didn't. Instead our Congress passed a resolution granting the President the power to singularly decide what country he doesn't like and attack that country. Quoting a joint resolution of the 107th Congress:

"SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

"This joint resolution may be cited as the 'Authorization for Use of Military Force'.

"SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

"(a) IN GENERAL- That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons" (emphasis added).

I would say Congress has clearly and willfully abrogated their Constitutional duty to declare war and, instead, passed said duty to Commander in Chief. Yeah, betrayal is not too strong a word to use. Indeed, it is the perfect word to use. Those wretched scoundrels.

Where's the parade?

Have you noticed that? No parade. None. After Gulf war the first was over there were huge parades. General Schwarzkopf and his troops went in and did what needed to be done and got out of there. In other words — they won. Furthermore, it was a clear cut victory. No mucking about. No political hogwash either. Because of those things there were parades for the troops all over the country. As there should have been. But not this time. There is no clear cut victory. It was Vietnam all over again. To be sure I am not at all sure that we have achieved anything short of every Muslim in the world hates our frigging guts. Indeed, quoting an Iraqi citizen in a Reuters story:

" 'We don't think about America... We think about electricity, jobs, our oil, our daily problems', said Abbas Jaber, a government employee in Baghdad. 'They (Americans) left chaos'."

There can be no doubt that Iraq is far more unstable today than it was prior to our invasion of the country. The same can be said about other countries within the area. What we did was not just unlock the front door to terrorists — we opened the door and all the windows too. Additionally are we, as in the United States, more secure now than prior to 9/11? I rather doubt it. Quoting Above TopSecret:

"The argument that America is safer rests on two premises: first, that Iraq posed a threat to this country that has now been eliminated; second, that the war did not increase or create other threats. We believe both are incorrect.

"The administration's primary justifications for the war were the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, and its links to al Qaeda. Neither claim has been borne out. Saddam, it is increasingly clear, was safely in a box and was being kept there. But the case that America is less safe today does not rest solely on the argument that Iraq posed no near-term threat. The Iraq war itself has made this country less safe."

No kidding there Sherlock.

Epilogue

But we are finally out of Iraq. Or are we? What about our special operations folks? Are they still in Iraq? Or what about the CIA's special activities division? What about those guys who fly the Predator drones? Are they still firing missiles at alleged bad guys? Lastly, how about all the sailors on board ships and submarines patrolling the region's waters? I haven't heard a single word about all of those folks. And I doubt you have either. I suspect they are not out of Iraq and furthermore, I seriously doubt We the People will ever be told the truth.

Think progress had a commentary board up pertaining to us finally leaving Iraq. Commentator John Cork had the following to say and I believe it sums the whole horrid situation up quite nicely. Quoting John Cork:

"At the end of WWI, bells rang around the world on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The end of World War II, we crowded the streets and cheered, kissed and cried. We began this war with 'shock and awe'. We ended [it] slinking out in the dead of night. Appropriate."

How true and how beautifully stated.

At least the vast majority of our troops are thankfully home. Now if we can just keep our noses and our troops out of other countries' business all will be well. Don't count on it.

Thank you SSAM's for putting it on the line every day for almost nine years. You are home now so enjoy it. You each and all have earned it — in spades.

Merry Christmas.

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