Murderous Hypocrisy

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Murderous Hypocrisy

  1. Jacob says:

    Well, isn’t the timeline that all but those 30,000 – 50,000 will be out by August 2010, and then the rest of them will be completely gone one year later? So the “residual force” will remain after one deadline and then they will all be gone after the second deadline? That nitpick aside, I will believe it when I see it, as far as complete withdrawal from Iraq.

  2. J. Madson says:

    I think you make a valid point. I personally will believe it when I see it. I am not too confident that the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) will be followed:

    “All United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011.”

    There is the question of the some 50 US bases built in Iraq and who will control those, and the enormous Green Zone. At a minimum, we should keep Obama’s feet to the fire in the hope he will follow through.

    There is the looming possibility that SOFA will be bypassed since it has an escape clause allowing the Iraqi government to “request” American military presence after the 2011 deadline. It is not too hard to conceive of an Iraqi government propped up by American money, guns, and influence requesting we keep them in power.

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