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Monday, July 14, 2008

Obama and al-Maliki Plan for Iraq

One of the things that I am certain of in this next political election is that I want to end the body bags full of our children coming home for burial from Iraq. Everything to do with the Iraq War has been more or less proven to be a lie. Bush and Cheney proposed it and the Republican henchmen in charge of the Congress railroaded it through. They tossed flag burning, patriotism, with us or against us, 9/11 and terrorists at us all till it stuck to the wall. Same thing they did against Gore and then at Kerry in the Presidential elections to close to call that the courts decided who won one election and the other was a guess. Misdirection is a key forte of the Bush Presidency and it worked again when it came to the war in Iraq. Again, every single reason they used to get us into the war other than the UN violations that were ignored for decades turned out to be lies, rumors, innuendo and hearsay.

Barack Obama and John McCain have an open forum over at the New York Times and I applaud the Times for allowing them both to write their thoughts on many of the issues that we the people need to know where they stand. Like it, hate it, the issue is covered. Obama wants to end the war and so does the Prime Minister of Iraq! Huge surprise that McCain wants it to go on for as long as America has one last dollar to spend.

After reading the article by Obama there is not one way I could see that we should not be out of Iraq. Our troops, our support personnel, they are all easy targets for anyone with a pissed off attitude against our military being in Iraq years after the monster of Baghdad, Saddam Hussein, was captured and hanged. Then again, even the Prime Minister of Iraq no longer wants our troops on his soil and believes that his nation can deal with what they have to deal with. Maybe al-Maliki will make Saddam look like a saint but that is not our problem.

Over at the New York Times they have this piece from Barack Obama, read it through. He isn’t looking at this blindly…

My Plan for Iraq
Published: July 14, 2008

CHICAGO — The call by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq presents an enormous opportunity. We should seize this moment to begin the phased redeployment of combat troops that I have long advocated, and that is needed for long-term success in Iraq and the security interests of the United States. - New York Times

One of the things I do know about war is that it is hell to the people that actually face it. Washington is not looking at what effect this war has on the wounded or killed in this conflict, they are looking at the dollars rolling into campaigns.

One last thought, the only part that was not blah, blah, blah in this piece from Obama to the general public was this little ditty…

It’s not going to work this time. It’s time to end this war. – New York Times

Now that makes sense to me!

One of the things important to remember in this Presidential election is that you and your Congressional representatives in your government were lied to. Not just in Blue States and Red States but all of us were deceived and pretty much conned. Bush and company sold the lies after 9/11 and the first amendment and freedom of the press exposed it. Common sense tells you why so many Republican candidates have chosen a graceful exit from public service. Vote where your heart and children are. How are we supposed to raise our children with the truth when those we send to lead us follow lies blindly even if they are wrong?


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