U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper Says No Decision to Leave Iraq Despite Letter U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper Says No Decision to Leave Iraq Despite Letter ' ... -----------------...
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US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper saying, "There's no decision to leave Iraq. Period." This after letter sent by Marine General William Seely wrote letter to Iraq Defense Ministry saying US forces would be moving out of Iraq in deference to Iraq sovereignty.
In case you missed it, yesterday "RT" reported the US Military was going to abide the Iraqi parliament's request to leave the country.
Marine General William H. Seely III, wrote the following letter on official Department of Defense letterhead to the Iraqi Defense Ministry, "In due deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, CJTF-OIR will be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement". Here's the kicker.
In order to conduct this task, Coalition Forces are required to take certain measures to ensure that the MOVEMENT OUT OF IRAQ (Italics added) is conducted in a safe and efficient manner". That's right, Seely said, "the movement out of Iraq". Nothing could be clearer.
But hold on. Within hours of the Seely's letter being released and received by the Iraqi Defense Ministry, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the Pentagon announced, "There's no decision to leave Iraq. Period." The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley followed up saying, "The letter Seely sent was only a draft and releasing it was a mistake". How's that for snafu writ large.
In WWII US GI's coined the term "FUBAR" which meant, "Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition". Their way of saying what was wrong with some of the missions they were sent on. In the Hollywood film, "Saving Private Ryan" FUBAR was the term mentioned repeatedly by the GI's describing the mission they were on.
This writer won't get into the details of the recent article by Paul Edwards titled, "Full Spectrum FUBAR" which was posted on the "Information Clearing House" website on January 2, 2020. I can't do justice to what Edwards wrote except to say it was one of the most succinct, cogent descriptions of America and the sinister machinations "official" Washington has unleashed on the world since 9/11. It's a must read for anyone attempting to understand the current FUBAR we're currently engaged in.
Yesterday's dissembling of Seely's letter by Esper and Milley was a perfect illustration of FUBAR by what passes for high echelon US Department of Defense officials-ah buffoons.
Clearly the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. They're a modern version of the "Keystone Cops" something portrayed on movie screens during the silent movie era of the early 1900's.
The only difference between Keystone Cops tomfoolery which brought laughter to moviegoers and today's persistent FUBAR by "official" Washington is the criminally inept, callous destabilizing actions it has unleashed on millions of people in the world-most recently in Baghdad with the assassination of Iran General Qassam Suleimani.
Since his assassination, ordered by Trump, millions of Iranian's have been mourning his murder chanting "Death to America" and spoiling for revenge all but assured by the message of "Harsh revenge" by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
This past Sunday in a CNN interview in Tehran, Khamenei's primary advisor Major General Hussein Dehghan put it this way, "Iran would retaliate directly against US military sites. It might be argued that there could be proxy operations. We can say America, Mr. Trump, has taken action directly against us-so we will take direct action against America".
He suggested Iran was in no hurry to retaliate and would choose its targets carefully. "Our reaction will be wise, well considered and in time, with decisive deterrent effect"
As I wrote in my last article  on this site, I still believe a major war between Iran and the US will not occur. Though for sure Iran will retaliate over Trump's assassination of Suleimani.
Thus far there's been an escalating war of words from both sides.