RUN OUT OF IRAQ? December 16, 2011Posted by wmmbb in Iraq, Iraq Policy.
Fictions apparently can be reported as news, as at best a part of the story is told.
So it is with “the defeat” of the American Imperialism in Iraq. The object of the invasion was to steal the oil, and perhaps they might have been more successful in Libya so maybe it does not matter. There is some doubt as the extent of the withdrawal and the success of establishing a democratic polity.
The Sydney Morning Herald takes its report from AP/AFP:
The US military has formally shut down the war in Iraq, officially retiring the flag of US Forces-Iraq. Troops lowered the flag and wrapped it in camouflage, formally “casing” it, according to Army tradition. The ceremony was attended by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who told troops they leave Iraq with “lasting pride”. Panetta said veterans of the nearly nine-year conflict can be “secure in knowing that your sacrifice has helped the Iraqi people to cast tyranny aside”. Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Lloyd Austin, the top US commander in Iraq, also spoke at the ceremony at Baghdad International Airport.
There are a little more than 4000 US soldiers in Iraq, but they will depart in the coming days, at which point almost no more American troops will remain in a country where there were once nearly 170,000 personnel on more than 500 bases.
The criminals responsive for this “greatest crime against humanity” walk free, wallowing the the wealth they have acquired.
In 2007, Christopher Hitchens foresaw further disintegration if the US military occupation was ended: