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Is the Iraq War actually over?

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With Maliki now terrorising his own enemies, often in the name of questionable "plots" to overthrow him, Iraq will remain volatile. Bear in mind that after all these years, the Iraqis are still suffering from a broken electricity system as well as serious food and medical shortages.

The county has a long way to go to recover from a war that is not over. The US, meanwhile is going, at least publicly. The neo-cons who backed the war now see Iraq as a "surrogate" that will remain dependent -- or at least, so they hope. To paraphrase a cliche: The war that began with the bang of shock and awe ended with the whimper of withdrawal with few of the issues solved. Many Americans are saying "good," while most Iraqis are saying good riddance.

Cross-posted from Al Jazeera

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at See

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How many billions of $$ got transferred from the 9... by Jill Herendeen on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 at 8:32:27 AM
The journey was the thing, not the destination, it... by Ray O. Sunshine on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 at 9:05:04 AM
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Thank God, we are out. Out of Iraq.   For y... by BFalcon on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 at 8:21:38 AM
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