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Saturday, July 13, 2024

U.S. military mission in Iraq declared over

Packing up to go home (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Eight years after the President George W. Bush stood on an aircraft carrier deck, amid much hoopla and fanfare, under a banner declaring “Mission Accomplished” in the Iraq war, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to a much more subdued ceremony at the U.S. military mission in Baghdad and declared the American role finally at an end.

The nine-year war cost more than 4,500 Americans and at least 100,000 Iraqis their lives and the U.S. flag is lowered over a country turn by internal strife, divided by religious differences and rocked by bombings and attacks.

The quiet end to a war launched on a lie about weapons of mass destruction marks a divisive period in American history and leaves behind an undetermined legacy of government-sanctioned misinformation, bureaucratic bungling and squandered opportunities.

While the Iraq that America leaves behind is far different than the country Bush ordered invaded in 2003, debate continues over whether or not the nation is better off after nine years of war and billions of dollars spent by the American government in a conflict with no clear mission and an even less-clear conclusion.

“After a lot of blood spilled by Iraqis and Americans, the mission of an Iraq that could govern and secure itself has become real,” Panetta said.”Iraq will be tested in the days ahead, by terrorism, by those who would seek to divide, by economic and social issues. Challenges remain, but the United States will be there to stand by the Iraqi people.”

More than a million military men and women served in Iraq during the long, bloody conflict.  The last 4,000 are scheduled to be out of Iraq and in Kuwait by the end of next week.

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4 thoughts on “U.S. military mission in Iraq declared over”

  1. I still don’t understand what this war was for.

    It was not for Saddam’s weapons, or for Saddam himself, or for Saddam’s oil. It was not for bringing democracy to ungrateful Arabs who vote for clan and religion anyway.

    Maybe it was to beat up someone – anyone – to show the world who was boss after 9.11?

    Maybe it was to encircle Iran, with the other side of Iran being Afghanistan?

    Maybe it was to make the Middle East safe for oil exports?

    Maybe it was to provide backup to Israel?

    If we can get Dick Cheney out of his bunker maybe we can ask him.

    • The answer lies in war-profiteering Watchman.

      H.W. Bush brought us Gulf War I post Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait for which he was greenlighted to do so by our government via April Glaspie our envoy to Baghdad at the time. Saddam, although not a ‘good guy’ was setup concerning his invasion of Kuwait being told it was none of our concern, but once he did so, then “Mr. Thousand Points of Light, Mr. CIA, H.W. Bush cried foul and marshalled a coalition to invade Iraq. The money made out of that ‘war’ was small potatoes compared the one engineered as a function of 9/11 under his son G.W. Bush and his accomplice V.P. Dick Cheney.

      G.W. Bush, no doubt carrying on their family tradition used 9/11 to put Saddam in the sights of our now ‘evil empire’. Eighteen of the 9/11 highjackers were Saudi nationals. Saddam & Co. had nothing to do with the attack on the Twin Towers and one must remember tha G.W. Bush said the Saudi’s are like ‘family’ to them. Yeah right! / : |

      The Bush crime family has a long history of war-profiteering. The following once “Secret” state department cable that was made public by Wikileaks is worth reading at length so one can take the pulse of our convoluted schemes to facilitate the MIC’s bottomline using the Middle East as their playground for obscene profits at American tax-debtor expense.

      So too research more on the April Glaspie debacle and the “Bush Crime Family” links.

      Simply put these modern wars are nothing but warfare/welfare for the MIC thanks to their Congressional and Executive branch facilitators. The sick two step won’t stop until our financial system goes bust; I.E., sovereign default.

      There’s no “nation-building” or humanity resident within these conflicts, but simply unfettered greed run amok where the few are exploiting the many all for a few dollars, euros, shekels or yuan more. Believe it…!

      Carl Nemo **==

  2. Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan…is Pakistan next?

    If you connect the dots folks, the only entities that made out on these incursions are MIC entities along with their running dog Congressional facilitators with their engineered, no win, protracted conflicts. Trillions have poured down ratholes in jungles and deserts while basically third world indigents without a proverbial pot to p*ss in beat us back to the rooftops and runways for an evacuation. This time it’s an orderly retreat, unlike the “Fall of Saigon” April 30, 1975, but the results are the same. The greatest “war machine” on earth can’t prevail over a third world enemy. Why so, because it’s engineered to be so. World Wars I and II were different animals and don’t quite fit the bill for these modern era versions of warfare/welfare for the MIC.

    The result, millions of people both combatants and civilians have taken an unncessary, premature ‘dirtnap’ all in the name unfettered greed on the part of a few at the expense of the many.

    Will Americans ever wake up and say enough is enough?! I can still hear George W. Bush and Dick Cheney speaking of “weapons of mass destruction” to be found in Iraq in almost hushed, swallowed tones; “We the People” hanging on to every word issuing from their lying lips courtesy of their MSM patrons.

    Five thousand ‘blood-sucking’ contractors will remain in Iraq with a number of servicemen as ‘advisers’ and for embassy security, so we still haven’t exited Iraq or Afghanistan which is another perrenial ‘cash cow’ for the MIC and has been so since the cold war era. We’re lining the pockets of Pakistani crimpols too and have our noses stuck in the Libyan debacle via our NATO surrogate, meanwhile America is suffering badly with massive unemployment, foreclosed homes, record numbers of citizens on food stamps…but we got guns…no? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

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