Iraqis have voiced happiness over US president Barack Obama’s declaration that American forces will leave by year-end, but some spoke of concern the pullout could further destabilise their country.
President Barack Obama’s conservative critics on Friday blasted his announcement that all US troops will leave Iraq by year’s end, citing worries US archnemesis Iran will fill the vacuum.
Memo to Senator Mc Cain, who obviously did not get the memo as to how this announcement came about: the US government, was told in no uncertain terms by the Iraqi government, that the date, stated by the SOFA agreement of 31 December, 2011, was absolutely firm.
The powerful Shiite cleric, Muqtada Al Sadr, underscored this in a statement made two days ago in which he absolutely rejected the presence of American troops on Iraqi soil after the end of 2011. The Leader of the Shiite al-Sadr Trend, Muqtada al-Sadr, has announced rejection of the presence of US Forces, including military trainers, in Iraq after the end of 2011, according to the Security Agreement signed between Iraq and the US.
There is no real choice for the US government, unless there is some successful, monumental arm-twisting at the last moment, but to leave.
And Senator, you may be blissfully unaware of the following (and, as some say, ignorance is bliss), but in the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, we destroyed the entire infrastructure of that country, which had, before these actions, the highest standard of living in the Middle East. We destroyed their schools, their water system, their hospitals, and their commercial sites. Alleged “reconstruction” projects, funded by the US have created great profits for some companies, but the workmanship has been horrendously shoddy, and in most cases, not even functional by the time they are completed. A reconstruction contract for the building of 142 primary health centers across Iraq is running out of money, after two years and roughly $200 million, with no more than 20 clinics now expected to be completed, Parsons Inc. will walk away from more than 120 clinics, with monies for the projects already paid. This is an 86% shortfall of projected completions.By the end of 2006, the $18.4 billion that Washington has allocated for Iraq’s reconstruction runs out.
We bombed Iraq with depleted uranium weapons to the point where women in the most heavily bombed areas, Like Falujah, have been cautioned by their doctors to never have children. (Waring: the following contains graphic footage of children born with horrendous malformations) But Senator Mc Cain, I really encourage you to watch this, because the epidemic of malformations is one of the “gifts” of the American invasion of Iraq.
Young women in Fallujah in Iraq are terrified of having children because of the increasing number of babies born grotesquely deformed, with no heads, two heads, a single eye in their foreheads, scaly bodies or missing limbs. In addition, young children in Fallujah are now experiencing hideous cancers and leukaemias. These deformities are now well documented, for example in television documentaries on SKY UK on September 1 2009, and on SKY UK June 2008. Our direct contact with doctors in Fallujah report that: In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed.
And not only has it affected Iraqis exposed to to DU: it has affected American soldiers and their offspring exposed to this as well.
“The very worst thing we do to our men and women in uniform is expose them to depleted uranium that bleeds radioactive isotopes that break DNA and cause every type of cancer and enter their reproductive organs and cause birth defects that will surface in the generations to follow.
The de-Bathification of Iraq triggered a sectarian war between Sunnis and Shiites, something unheard of during Saddam Hussein’s time in office. The US government then gave Shiite components control of a massively corrupt and dysfunctional civil government. And by replacing Sunnis with Shiites in power, did you and the rest of those in the Senate, not understand that the greatest benefactor of such a move would be Iran?!?
That move blundered past the border of unintended consequences into complete stupidity.
This same, US-backed government has been shooting peaceful protestors in cold blood.
So, let’s recap, shall we, Senator Mc Cain?!?
1. The US never got the oil it sought, which was the primary rationale for invading and occupying Iraq.
2. Over 4,000 very brave American military service members died in this military misadventure. Many more have been maimed for life.
3. Over one million Iraqis have been killed by the US invasion and occupation. Over one million Iraqis have met violent deaths as a result of the 2003 invasion, according to a study conducted by the prestigious British polling group, Opinion Research Business (ORB). These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the mass killings of the last century—the human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number (1.7 million) who died in Cambodia’s infamous “Killing Fields” during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s.
4. Depleted uranium has sickened and caused massive malformations for both Iraqis and Americans.
5. We have left Iraqi infrastructure in absolute shambles, and the Iraqi government doesn’t have the money to repair or replace the vast amount of damage we have done there.
Sir, US withdrawal here was not a “strategic victory” for our enemies; this invasion and occupation of Iraq, and its aftermath, was a clear demonstration of the collective hubris of US foreign policy, and its ultimate consequences.
I will share with you, Senator, that my late Father, a World War II Veteran, enlisted, disabled, because he understood, very clearly, that the US was on the right side of history at that point.
But with these pre-emptive wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya; the covert wars against Somalia, Yemen, and Uganda; and the coming wars against Pakistan, Syria, and ultimately Iran, we, sir, are absolutely not on the right side of history.
These wars have bankrupted this country, morally and fiscally, and the US government itself may well be in its final death-spasms because of these unending wars.
The invasion and occupation of Iraq, which you so vigorously supported, turned out as badly as it has because it should never have happened in the first place.; and you and your Neocon buddies have no one else but yourselves to blame for that.
Of course, none of you will ever take responsibility for putting this country on a war footing,which was based on an absolute pack of lies.
President Barack Obama says the US withdrawal from Iraq and the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi show how his government has renewed American leadership in the world.
US President Barack Obama said his leadership had made it possible to turn the page on a decade of war and refocus on bolstering the US economy and paying down the national debt.
He added that the US will fulfil his electoral pledge to pull troops out of Iraq by the end of 2011.
“This week, we had two powerful reminders of how we’ve renewed American leadership in the world,” said the President.
The US suffered a major diplomatic and military rebuff on Friday when Iraq finally rejected its pleas to maintain bases in the country beyond this year.
Barack Obama announced at a White House press conference that all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of December, a decision forced by the final collapse of lengthy talks between the US and the Iraqi government on the issue.
Think-tank designs for Iran leave only Israeli attack & coaxed provocation for total war on table.
analysis by Tony Cartalucci