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Veterans For Peace Responds to the "Rebranded Occupation" of Iraq

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VETERANS FOR PEACE RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S REBRANDED OCCUPATION OF IRAQ

August 31, 2010

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A veteran's perspective makes it clear that two major points must be made in response to President Obama's announcement regarding combat troops leaving Iraq.

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First, there is no such thing as "non combat troops." It is a contradiction in terms. It is internally inconsistent. It is illogical. It is simply not true.

Ask any of the millions of men and women who went through basic training and they can tell you that every U.S. troop anywhere in the world was indoctrinated and trained in the basics of combat. While in Iraq, the transition from mechanics or communications back to combat-ready soldier takes but an order. "Non-combat troops" is simply the latest in a long line of military euphemisms meant to obscure painful reality.

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The second point can best be made by drafting a section of the President's remarks for him. If Veterans For Peace were to do that it would read something like this.

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Mike Ferner is a writer from Ohio, former president of Veterans For Peace and author of "Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq." (Praeger)

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