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U.S. Not Planning Major Iraq Troop Cuts Until Next Year

U.S. Not Planning Major Iraq Troop Cuts Until Next Year

Anti-war.com
October 12, 2009

Updating the lack of progress on President Obama’s promised US pullout from Iraq, Brigadier General Stephen Lanza laid out again what officials are presenting as a “responsible drawdown,” which is to say a continued delay.

The comments were largely in keeping with what Brigadier General Heidi Brown laid out in August, noting that the military isn’t planning for any major troop cuts until well after the January 2010 Iraqi election.

Gen. Lanza said there was still a possibility that the troop level could be reduced to 50,000 by August of 2010 (though Gen. Brown made it clear that the goal was now between 50,000 and 75,000), but that any decision on the matter would be made in a new assessment after the vote.

Which, the recent history of the region suggests, does not auger well. August’s election in Afghanistan, which the US had likewise touted as a stabilizing event until it actually happened, was an unmitigated disaster that has only strained the situation in the nation more. The June election in neighboring Iran was also marred by fraud and left the country a much less stable place.

 



Obama Tried To Stall Iraq Withdrawal

Obama Tried To Stall Iraq Withdrawal

NY Post
September 15, 2008

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

“He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,” Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops – and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its “state of weakness and political confusion.”

“However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open.” Zebari says.

Though Obama claims the US presence is “illegal,” he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the “weakened Bush administration,” Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a “realistic withdrawal date.” They declined.

Obama has made many contradictory statements with regard to Iraq. His latest position is that US combat troops should be out by 2010. Yet his effort to delay an agreement would make that withdrawal deadline impossible to meet.

Supposing he wins, Obama’s administration wouldn’t be fully operational before February – and naming a new ambassador to Baghdad and forming a new negotiation team might take longer still.

By then, Iraq will be in the throes of its own campaign season. Judging by the past two elections, forming a new coalition government may then take three months. So the Iraqi negotiating team might not be in place until next June.

Then, judging by how long the current talks have taken, restarting the process from scratch would leave the two sides needing at least six months to come up with a draft accord. That puts us at May 2010 for when the draft might be submitted to the Iraqi parliament – which might well need another six months to pass it into law

Obama calls for US military draft
http://mparent7777-1.livejournal.com/1726422.html

Biden: Paying higher taxes patriotic for wealthy
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080918/ap_on_el_pr/biden_taxes

 



Bush to Shift Troops From Iraq Into Afghanistan

Bush to Shift Troops From Iraq Into Afghanistan

Jon Swaine
London Telegraph
September 9, 2008

President George W Bush is preparing to bolster US troop numbers in Afghanistan using forces freed up from Iraq.

The US will withdraw about 8,000 of its 146,000 soldiers in Iraq by February – and send 4,500 more to join the 33,000 in Afghanistan.

Mr Bush is expected to say in a speech to the US National Defence University that the improved security situation in Iraq will permit a “quiet surge” of troops in Afghanistan in the coming months.

“While the progress in Iraq is still fragile and reversible … there now appears to be a ‘degree of durability’ to the gains we have made,” Mr Bush will say.

However he will state that efforts in Afghanistan must now be ramped up.

“For all the good work we have done in that country, it is clear we must do even more. Unlike Iraq, it has few natural resources and has an underdeveloped infrastructure. Its democratic institutions are fragile,” Mr Bush will explain.

He will make clear that longer-term decisions about the deployments will be left to General David Petraeus, soon to become the Commander of US Central Command, and Mr Bush’s successor as president, who will take office in January.

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Afghanistan: The Good War?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJVTkIDFQM8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sPZ4A5nY8o

Coup against Iraqi gov’t exposed
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=68816&sectionid=351020201

Millions of Iraqis Uprooted—Media Give Little Coverage of Major Crisis
http://en.epochtimes.com/n2/world/iraq-refugees-displaced-3934.html

16 US troops commit suicide in Iraq
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=68821&sectionid=351020201

US air power triples deaths of Afghan civilians, says report
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/08/afghanistan.usa

New book says U.S. spied on Iraqi leaders
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20080905/tpl-uk-bush-iraq-book-4b8df73.html

 



Ron Paul: There’s no difference between McCain and Obama

Ron Paul: There’s no difference between McCain and Obama

Raw Story
August 29, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqMhBEYGrXU

Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has declined to endorse either John McCain or Barack Obama, and he told CNN’s Kiran Chetry on Thursday that he sees “no difference” between them because both espouse foreign policies that only create more threats to our national interests.

Chetry asked Paul, “Do you think it’s a valid argument … that a John McCain administration would be a four-year extension of the Bush administration?”

“Sure, but I think that’s what’s going to happen with Obama, too,” Paul replied. “There’s no difference.”

“Their foreign policies are identical,” Paul explained. “They want more troops in Afghanistan. They want to send more support to Georgia to protect the oil line there. Neither one says bring home the troops from Iraq from the bases — you know the bases are going to stay there, the embassy as big as the Vatican, that’s going to remain. So their foreign policies are exactly the same. They’re both very, very aggressive with Iran. So I would say there’s no difference.”

“How would you handle these global threats, then, if it’s not to send our troops there and make sure that we’re protected?” Chetry asked.

“We create the threats!” Paul replied emphatically. “Why are we on the borders of Russia provoking the Russians? I mean, the Georgians initiated the military attack against these enclaves where there were mostly Russians. … It’s the fact that we’re over there that we create these crises.”

“Isn’t it part of our duty, though, to support these fledgling democracies that ask for our help?” asked Chetry.

“No, it’s not our responsibility to do that,” Paul said firmly. “We should endorse the principle but not send troops and money. … Once we get over there, we just aggravate the situation.”

“We bombed Serbia in order for Kosovo to become independent,” Paul concluded. “Now the Russians are doing the same thing. … It’s this total inconsistency.”

 

Ron Paul’s rally: The other political convention in town

Beth Hawkins
Minnesota Post
September 1, 2008

When followers of erstwhile presidential candidate Ron Paul said they were going to stage an alternate convention, they meant it. Pretty much everything about Paul’s grassroots Rally for the Republic stands in stark contrast to the Republican national convention getting underway in St. Paul.

Its delegates are on their way via “Ronvoy,” a caravan of minivans and charter buses organized on the Internet. Many are eschewing hotels in favor of campgrounds and RV parks in Twin Cities exurbs, according to organizers. Still others will arrive just in time for the rally, a 12-hour marathon of speakers and entertainers taking place Tuesday at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

“Most of our people are not wealthy,” said Drew Ivers, a longtime GOP activist who is Paul’s delegate coordinator. “They’re working people feeling the pinch. They’re not country-club elitists. With the price of gas, they’re caravanning in in minivans and the like.

“These people are sacrificing to make this happen,” Ivers added. “I think it’s commendable.”

Speakers expected at the rally include former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, MSNBC correspondent Tucker Carlson, anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist, Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the late presidential candidate, and Barb White, a candidate in Minnesota’s fifth congressional district.

On hand to entertain the 10,000 supporters organizers say they expect will be musicians Marc Scibilia, Rockie Lynne, Sara Evans and Aimee Allen, the voice behind “The Ron Paul Revolution Theme Song.” Tickets, still available at Ticketmaster at press time, are priced at a cheeky $17.76.

$4.7 million in campaign coffers
A physician and 10-term congressman from the greater Houston area, Paul officially suspended his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in June. Instead, he announced, he would use the $4.7 million remaining in his campaign coffers to underwrite the Campaign for Liberty, a grassroots effort to push libertarian-minded candidates for local offices across the country.

Ron Paul’s Rally for the Republic Sold Out
http://www.marketwatch.com/n…-49FAF8D09D25%7D&dist=hppr

C-SPAN 2 to cover the entire Rally for the Republic
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog/?p=428

Ron Paul’s Supporters in Nevada Could Cause McCain Trouble
http://online.wsj.com/public/article_print/SB121944799376665201.html

Ron Paul on FOX News 8/31/08
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c2_tp1RR7c

Ron Paul’s welcome to Minneapolis RNC
http://mparent7777-1.livejournal.com/1472546.html

Pat Buchanan at DNC: ’Come to Ron Paul’s Convention!’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bld1tgarMAs

 



McCain: Iraq Is ‘A Peaceful And Stable Country Now’

McCain: Iraq Is ‘A Peaceful And Stable Country Now’

Think Progresss
August 28, 2008

Today, Time Magazine published an interview with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that it conducted aboard McCain’s campaign airplane. Reporters James Carney and Michael Scherer described McCain as “prickly” and “at times, abrasive” during the course of the interview.

Carney and Scherer noted to McCain that the Iraqi government is calling for a deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq even though McCain’s previously stated definition of “victory” — “a peaceful, stable, prosperous democratic state” — has not been achieved. The Arizona senator dismissed their characterization of the situation, saying that Iraq is “a peaceful and stable country now”:

Q: Some members of the [Iraqi] government have made it clear in the last month or two that they might want to withdraw before complete stability, before totally secure borders, before some of the completeness of victory as you described. Is there any change, do you think there is some wiggle room there because what you described with Petraeus was an end point that was rather complete — a peaceful, stable country.

MCCAIN: Its a peaceful and stable country now.

Listen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1mesjvN42c

Here are some examples (from just this month) of McCain’s so-called “peaceful and stable” Iraq:

August 9: A suicide car bomb in Tal Afar killed at least 25 people.

August 24: A suicide bomber killed 25 people, including women and children, in Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib district.

August 27: A suicide bomber killed 28 and wounded 45 in Iraq’s Diyala province.

Moreover, while U.S. troop deaths in Iraq reached their lowest point since the beginning of the war last month, they are on the rise again. According to icasulaties.org, 20 U.S. military personnel have been killed so far this month in Iraq — up from 13 in July.

But this isn’t the first time McCain’s assessment of the security situation in Iraq has been off. Last May he said the northern city of Mosul was “quiet” despite the fact that a car bomb had killed three and wounded nine there the very same day.

Buchanan accuses ‘McCain’s neocon warmonger’ of treason
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Buchanan..of_0822.html

 



U.S. soldiers laugh while detonating IED near Iraqi woman

U.S. soldiers laugh hysterically as they blow up bomb right next to an innocent woman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHGnQp0dRHc

Contractors Far Outnumber Troops In Iraq
http://mparent7777-1.livejournal.com/1245836.html

U.S. Spent $85 Billion In Contractors In Iraq
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200..cJ7emFVH.8AopofqZ2wPIE

Iraq demands “very clear” U.S. troop timeline
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080810/ts_nm/iraq_dc

 



Abkhazia: Force out the Gregorian troops

Abkhazia issues ultimatum to Georgian troops in strategic gorge

Novosti
August 11, 2008

Georgia’s breakaway republic of Abkhazia told Georgia on Monday that if its troops fail to leave the strategic Kodori Gorge, separatist forces will begin a full-scale onslaught to force them out.

Abkhazia’s pro-Russian leadership pledged on Sunday to oust Georgian forces from the northern part of the gorge, the only part of the province still controlled by Georgia, two days after Georgia began a ground and air offensive in its other separatist republic, South Ossetia.

“We will begin an operation to force out all Georgia’s security forces located there. This will be a combat operation with the employment of all our military’s armaments,” Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh said in an interview with the Russian TV channel Vesti.

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