Thursday, August 05, 2010

Original I Hate The War

Since the SOFA was rammed through the Iraqi Parliament, there have been so many liars. And we've called them out. It's nice for a change to note the truth tellers. Tonight we'll note Paul Jay's Real News Network interview with Gareth Porter:

JAY: And weren't they also committed to having all troops out, and not just combat, by, what is it, the end of 2011?

PORTER: They are in fact committed not just by a policy, but by the US-Iraq withdrawal agreement, which was signed in November 2008, to getting all US troops out of Iraq by the end of 2011. That's now a treaty commitment, or at least a formal international commitment, if not a treaty.

JAY: Of course, unless Maliki, their guy, happens to say, well, you can stay longer.

PORTER: Well, that's right. And of course we know that US military leaders have been saying, since even before that treaty or that agreement was signed in November 2008, they wanted to keep US troops there long, long beyond, way beyond 2011. We know that even after Obama was elected, the month of the signature of this agreement, November 2008, that General Odierno, the commander of US troops in Iraq, told Tom Ricks of the The Washington Post, when he was asked what kind of US military presence do you foresee in 2014-2015 (that's four years after the supposed event of US military presence under the agreement), his answer was: I foresee, and what I would like to see, is 30,000, 35,000 US troops remaining, and that they would still be on combat mission.

JAY: Now, that may be what they want, but what the Iraqis want is something else. The Iraqi parliament more or less want—maybe a majority of the parliament wanted the US troops out yesterday. When you talk to most Iraqis, they want the US troops out yesterday.

PORTER: Absolutely. There's no ambiguity about that.

Realizing that lies have always continued the Iraq War -- especially press lies -- let's make the above this entry. The entire focus.

It's over, I'm done writing songs about love
There's a war going on
So I'm holding my gun with a strap and a glove
And I'm writing a song about war
And it goes
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Oh oh oh oh
-- "I Hate The War" (written by Greg Goldberg, on The Ballet's Mattachine!)

Last week, ICCC's number of US troops killed in Iraq since the start of the illegal war was 4413. Tonight it's 4415. Reuters notes 2 US soldiers killed on Monday -- and we only learn now. We'll address that tomorrow morning.

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