That’s correct, I said quit. I also said we’re ahead. Furthermore, I qualified my declaration that we are ahead with “ever so slightly.” While even 1 life being lost, to the Bush Crime Family’s successful divide, conquer and steal foreign policy, makes my stomach turn, the numbers seem to show signs of improvement; ever so slightly. There appears to be a decline in the number of brave men and woman that will never return home. There also seems to be an increase in the number of Iraqi civilians that will live to see another day in their homes; what is left of them. According to icasualties
, American casualties in September and October were 65 and 38, respectively; down dramatically from the same time period in 2006. While this remains unacceptable, it does seem to present a more favorable environment for the United States to “quit while we’re ahead.” Why stick around and flip the bird to Lady Fate? Any reformed gambler would tell us that now is the time to cash in any winnings, if any, and quickly run to the nearest exit.
Where is the nearest exit and how do we get there? I could not begin to tell you. : larry craig : Let me be clear. I am not a military expert. I have never been a military expert. But I have a gut feeling that the current bill proposed by Congress, that will assuredly be vetoed by the Boy Wonder, won’t cut it! The bill :
Requires a transition in the mission of US forces in Iraq from primarily combat to: force protection and diplomatic protection; limited support to Iraqi security forces; and targeted counter-terrorism operations...
Prohibits deployment of any troops not fully equipped and trained; waivable with a presidential national security certification...
That's a handy loophole -- one big enough to drive a decades-long occupation through, even if it is "only" an occupation confined to those "enduring bases" we're spending so much money on. In this manner, Iraq will remain our staging platform for our neverending efforts to control the future of the Middle East, just as we have attempted to do ever since World War I. Continued. . .
A transition in the mission? “Mission Accomplished” was declared on May 1, 2003. Have we forgotten the flight suit and the cod piece? Our military did their job! Not to sound like a broken record, but there is no longer a military solution in Iraq. In fact, there has not been a military solution in, based on my non-expert calculations, about 4 and ½ years. The solution must be a democratic one, and cannot be brokered by the United States. Whether we like it or not, we are the enemy in Iraq.
But for the first time since the invasion in March 2003, there is a real opportunity for the two main blocs of Iraqi Arabs, the Sunni and Shia communities, to strike a deal. If such a deal were indeed struck, the Kurds would have little choice but to buy into it. Problem is, the United States cannot broker the deal. Having spent five years boosting sectarianism in Iraq, killing innocent Iraqis, busting down doors in small villages, and trying to turn Iraq into an American colony, the United States simply has no credibility left.
Any deal we broker, any leader we promote, any government we sponsor has just gotten the kiss of death. What unites Iraqi Arabs, from the Sunni resistance to the Mahdi Army, is opposition to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, as well as opposition to Al Qaeda and to Iran's heavy-handed interference in Iraqi affairs. Continued. . .
We all know that the Bush Crime Family doesn’t want to leave until they have their Oil Revenue Sharing deal. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi must disregard the Boy Wonder’s petulant demands, ignore his temper tantrums and propose a bill that does not “transition” our troops, but brings them home. Period.
On a slightly different note, if you haven’t had an opportunity to read “Screwed” by Thom Hartmann, or “The Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klein, go immediately and add them to your Holiday Reading List. . . . I’ll wait. . . . .
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Finally, ‘tis the season to volunteer
at your local Food Shelter or donate
coats and sweaters that haven’t see the light of day in years.
Now, get in there and start blogging campers! They want to know where the protest and activism is. It’s right here, baby!
The donuts are fresh and the coffee is hot.
I am filling in for Raine today so it seems only right that I leave you with