Barack Obama: 'Milking' the Iraq War for All it's Worth
"The occupation of Iraq has always been a profitable commodity for U.S. President Obama. ... The length of time American troops have been fighting both in Iraq and Afghanistan clearly shows that the purpose of waging such devastating wars had nothing to do with reinstating peace and justice and returning home."
of Iraq has always been a profitable commodity for U.S. President Obama: He who
snatched the presidency in January of 2009, reaching the post by holding high
the banner “Withdraw from Iraq.” Today he's back on the same theme, turning the
withdrawal into a campaign issue, saying "I ended the war in Iraq."
He depicts it as an achievement far beyond the promises of any of the
Republican candidates, who early on based their campaigns on romancing Israel - perhaps for Republicans, a better card to play.
Even Obama's invitation to Nouri al-Maliki to visit the White House was part of
an effort to show off his achievements in Iraq and remind the electorate that
he is a man that honors his promises.
us turn to the situation on the ground - the battlefields. Does the United
States consider the wars it has waged - including the Iraq War - to have been
futile and lacking in benefit? And will it try to avoid situations like this by
relying more on diplomacy and political compromise, particularly in the Middle
questions must be addressed if we are to fathom whether the American agenda
favors peace or war. The wars that America launched were startling in terms of
their immediacy, lack of preparation and basis on false justifications. The length of time American troops have been fighting both in Iraq and Afghanistan clearly shows that the purpose of waging such devastating wars had nothing
to do with reinstating peace, justice and returning home.
wars were part of a strategic agenda to deploy U.S. forces into new areas to enable
Washington to acquire even more influence and advantages than before.
to the influential political/media machine inside the United States, coverage of
Iraqi deaths were depicted in such a way that limited their impact. As for
material losses, these were taken into account only when onerous new fees on
taxpayers were under discussion. And little attention has been paid to the
dishonest contracts with construction companies like Halliburton. By the way,
Halliburton's CEO is reported to have been Dick Cheney, godfather of the Iraq War
and former U.S. vice president.
the approximately ten years and immense amounts of money that the U.S. has spent
is enough to have completely rebuilt both nations from scratch - and with plenty
left over to repair laughably-inept public services that were never restored. We
saw how they [Western media] portray the lack of electricity as so huge, even
the superpower United States as unable to resolve it.
It is leaving
behind a country with a government reveling in the joys of its own corruption
and the opportunistic use of the symbols of office to attain personal privileges
and self aggrandizement.
either a lack of concern or criminal negligence, Iraqi officials pay little
heed to a people burdened by their wounds, with ten percent of the population
lost on the altar of freedom, security and honor - none of which have yet to be
achieved. Yet out of sight of the Iraqi people, the government continues to beg
the Americans to coordinate security and intelligence to protect them, rather
than the people who alone paid the price - first the government's sword perched
above their heads, and now with the U.S. withdrawal, an even more threatening sword