March 2, 2009 by J. Madson
Last week, we were all thrilled to hear our beloved President address us. Many of you, like myself, were probably entertained by Bobby Jindal’s “insane, childish, disaster” of a response. Aside from his dishonest personal anecdote of heroism during Katrina, now debunked, there was his public outing of the serious government waste of protecting the public with volcanic monitoring.
But perhaps even more cynical and more devious were the machinations of our current president elect as he presented his “withdrawal” plans for Iraq and his Afghani surge. Our new celebrity informed us that as the one we have waited for, he has now ended our shameful war. With the Wisdom of Solomon he has taken his timeline, 16 months, and Petraeus’ timeline, 24 months, and divided the war baby in half at 19 months. Never mind the facts that very few troops will withdrawal this year, that the signed agreement with Iraq for us to be out by 2011 is being subjugated to American Empire, or the more revealing fact that up to 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq after the deadline. As one senior officer explained in the LA Times
” President Obama said we were going to get out within 16 months, some people heard, ‘get out,’ and everyone’s gone. But that is not going to happen,” the officer said.
The NY Times reports that
Even with the withdrawal order, Mr. Obama plans to leave behind a “residual force” of tens of thousands of troops to continue training Iraqi security forces, hunt down foreign terrorist cells and guard American institutions.
There will be no “withdrawal” but a permanent military presence in Iraq guaranteeing control and manipulation of oil producing nation. The war mongerers, neo-cons, and profiteers can rest easy with Obama at the helm since he has guaranteed American hegemony in Iraq for years and years to come.
Chris Floyd, at Empire Burlesque, pointed out the murderous hypocrisy of our current president,
But the hypocrisy – the literally murderous hypocrisy – of claiming that this plan “leaves Iraq to its people and responsibly ends this war,” as Obama asserted in his State of the Union speech, is sickening. It does no such thing, and he knows it.