Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Made of Lies
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout
It began more than six years ago with a lie, followed by another lie, and another lie, and then two more, ten more, a hundred, a thousand, an avalanche of lies from heads of state and hatchet men and well-fed media types more interested in getting the interview than in getting the facts.

[Duchess Note – Yes, quite true, that our soldiers are being deployed “out” of the cities, but in reality it proves nothing. There continue to be many “occupied” US bases “outside the cities”. Maliki is the current dictator puppet for the US government. He says one thing, but means something else entirely, as does the US government. The US military and mercenaries are still there and it’ll continue to be business as usual. We are not leaving Iraq! Never! Thousands of American soldiers could die, or be maimed, over there and the US will not leave, and that applies to Afghanistan as well. The truth is there is too much money to be made by the mercenaries, contractors, arms merchants, and Big Oil. Once the current dictator is no longer an asset for the US, they will simply find another puppet and another and another.]

Kucinich: “Troop movement should not be confused with a troop withdrawal from Iraq”

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement regarding the announcement that U.S. troops have left the cities and towns of Iraq and turned over formal security to Iraqi security forces.

“The withdrawal of some U.S. combat troops from Iraq’s cities is welcome and long overdue news. However, it is important to remember that this is not the same as a withdrawal of U.S. troops and contractors from Iraq.

“U.S. troop combat missions throughout Iraq are not scheduled to end until more than a year from now in August of 2010. In addition, U.S. troops are not scheduled for a complete withdrawal for another two and a half years on December 31, 2011. Rather, U.S. troops are leaving Iraqi cities for military bases in Iraq. They are still in Iraq, and they can be summoned back at any time.

“This is not a great victory for peace. On May 19, the Christian Science Monitor reported that Iraqi and U.S. military officials virtually redrew the city limits of Baghdad in order to consider the Army’s Forward Operating Base Falcon as outside the city, despite every map of Baghdad clearly showing it with in city limits. In fact, according to Section 24.3 of the “SOFA” U.S. troops can remain at any agreed upon facility. The reported reason for this decision is to ensure U.S. troops are able to ‘help maintain security in south Baghdad along what were the fault lines in the sectarian war.’

“This troop movement should not be confused with a troop withdrawal from Iraq. In reality, this is a small step toward Iraqi sovereignty as Iraqi security forces begin assuming greater control over security operations, but it is a long way from independence and a withdrawal of the U.S. military presence.”


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