Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 9/7/11

Panetta, "Keep Troops in Iraq Beyond Deadline"

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   No comments
Author 40828
Message Dave Lefcourt
Become a Fan
  (23 fans)
- Advertisement -

Leon Panetta, who replaced Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, wants to keep 3,000 to 4,000 troops in Iraq beyond the December 31st deadline for complete withdrawal. [i]

Is this a surprise?

We're told it's just for training purposes. Yeah, right! A few of these "trainers" get killed and then there's the demand to increase the numbers of troops. Any echoes of Viet Nam here?

  The war that should never have happened against an enemy that posed no threat, imminent or otherwise, that didn't have WMD and had no connection to 9/11, still requires our presence?

- Advertisement -

But regardless of the number of actual American troops remaining in Iraq, "the CIA will continue to have a major presence in the country as will security contractors working for the State Department". [ii] Meanwhile "The administration has already drawn up plans for extensive expansion of the American Embassy"bolstered by thousands of paramilitary security contractors." [iii] Does it really matter how many "actual" American military remain in the country? One thing is for sure, we're hardly leaving Iraq any time soon.

Perhaps Colin Powell (the man whose integrity was tossed under the bus with his unseemly, fabricated speech to the U.N. in February, 2003) was right about, "You break it, you own it" (going to war).

Well we certainly "broke it" (Iraq) and in the meantime created a majority Shiite government that's now closely aligned with Iran, supposedly our mortal hated enemy.

- Advertisement -

Not even Osama bin Laden in his wildest imagination could have dreamt of such a scenario as we created in Iraq.

But Iraq is just one example of America having lost its way. And sadly it hasn't mattered whether a Democrat or a Republican has sat in the Oval Office or which party controls Congress.

Dysfunction, incompetence, representative democracy replaced by a plutocracy of corporate oligarchs, outsized special interest groups, an ideological right leaning SCOTUS et al reign supreme with seeming impunity while the majority of the population remains passively indifferent and acquiescent in the midst of our house on fire.

It all seems surreal.

 

 

- Advertisement -

[i] "Plan Would Keep Small Force in Iraq Past Deadline", by Eric Schmitt and Steven Lee Myers, "The New York Times", September 6, 2011

[ii]   See footnote #1

[iii] See footnote #1


 

- Advertisement -

Rate It | View Ratings

Dave Lefcourt Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Retired. The author of "DECEIT AND EXCESS IN AMERICA, HOW THE MONEYED INTERESTS HAVE STOLEN AMERICA AND HOW WE CAN GET IT BACK", Authorhouse, 2009
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

An Ominous Foreboding, Israel vs Iran

The Evolving Populist Political Rebellion in the Arab World

A Nuclear War Would Be Insane

The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Poorer, While the Middle Class Gets Decimated

CIA in the Crosshairs

Iran Offers 9 Point Plan to end Nuclear Crisis, U.S. "No thanks".