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Thank you to President Obama for fulfilling another campaign promise.

I know it did my heart good to see the images of our combat forces leaving Iraq last night. Of course, the images were soon accompanied by a host of other descriptors such as "yellowcake", no WMD, "I'm the decider", and, again, the haunting spectres of Abu Ghraib. 73% of Americans were for this war at its inception. Will they turn their backs on these fighting men and women as they did with Vietnam veterans? I'm asking because those who stood to gain the most from the war in Iraq certainly did nothing to ensure their return home would be supported when they went about the business of decimating an economy, pension plans, health care, the housing market, and monies for education.

You're not going to be able to keep your responsibilities for the bloodshed at arms length for much longer. The Bush tax cuts are going away, and it's an election year.

Originally posted to flirpo on Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 05:36 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    ..."chocolate is the sin of the western world." ----- George Oshawa

    by flirpo on Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 05:36:00 AM PDT

  •  I'm not exactly sure what the point is (5+ / 0-)
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    DWG, litoralis, commonmass, jsfox, flirpo

    Who is the writer's audience?  Republicans?  Democrats?  Confused.

  •  I don't know if you noticed last night or not but (3+ / 0-)
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    MSMBC had wall to wall coverage of the combat troops leaving Iraq. CNN, didn't start to cover it until the troops actually arrived in Kuait. They covered it a bit, but included other stuff too,like their "blockbuster" five minute interview with Dr. Laura, the really important news, "the Mosque at ground zero". Well Fox really outdid themselves, they only very briefly interupted their regularily scheduled propaganda fest for breaking news from Shepard Smith for about a minute at a time, every so spareingly to report that the combat troops are leaving Iraq. Greta VS, dedicated her entire hour to a Palinthon.
    Of course on MSNBC, Rachal put it into prospective and Chris Matthews was as usual over the top, saying elections really matter, he promised to remove the troops and now we are seeing it happen. On CNN David Gergen was quick to say the President deserves credit for this, but any reference to the President was missing on Fox. Surprise, surprise. I posted my delight on facebook and got no response at all. Where are all those folks on my friends list you constantly put already prepared "support the troops crap" in their status line. I just woke up, so I have not checked out the Newpapers, but I have heard many ran with this headline of an end to Combat Operations and the troops coming home.
    Why the hell is it so difficult to recongize a good thing. I can understand those who are pissed about us still being there in Afghanistan mentioning that, however, regardless of that, seeing the joy of those troops to actually be leaving that hell hole, and the thoughts of their families was really heartwarming. I wonder if the whole Mosque contraversary was created to deflect attention from this moment?

    •  MSNBC/NBC (1+ / 0-)
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      was given exclusive access and was the only Network brought in on the schedule and embedded into the withdrawal convoy.

      In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

      by jsfox on Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 06:15:37 AM PDT

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    •  Why should there be a bunch of Hoopla (1+ / 0-)
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      There are still 6000 Soldiers that need to pull out of Iraq to hit the magic number Obama wants out as based on the SOFA that Bush signed. As such, Aug. 31 is still the target date.. Last night was the last of ONE brigade to be leaving, not the total amount coming home. Also there are still going to be 50K combat trained US Soldiers staying until Dec. 2011, not counting 85K mercs and 100K contractors who will be staying logn after our official military troops come home in 2011. And the ones coming home this month.. they get a couple months down time and guess what.. Off to Afghanistan.

      So I am not sure what the joy is, except families will be reuinted for a couple of months to "catch up" before having to go off to Afghanistan. It basically is just the standard turn around on the Iraqui tours of duty, only the tour in Iraq has ended for some, but a new tour will begin in Afghanistan for them in a couple of months. At least now we will have more troop rotation, that is unless Obama escilates Afghanistan even more than the trippling of troops he has already done.

      It is nice seeing a few troops leave Iraq, but it is far, far from being over or having "all" our troops out.

      It will be joyous when all our troops come home from both Iraq and Afghanistan. Until then, just a shifting of power from Iraq to Afghanistan as Obama promised.

      •  I can not say I don't agree with much of what (1+ / 0-)
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        you have said, but still it was nice to watch people being happy about something, even if it was just reuniting with family for 6 months. I think it was more symbolic than anything else. The end of combat means it is a lot less costly for the U.S. to keep 50,000 troops there than 140,000 combat forces. I also think it send a message to Afghanistan when we say we are going to leave, we are going to leave, and we don't have the time, money or resources to build you nation. This was a good thing and I am glad MSNBC got the exclusive scoop on it, and Fox didn't, why should they, they would distort it anyway.

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