Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thanks for the invite

"The politicians must find other ways to fill the void after 2011... If I were asked about the withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the U.S. army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020," the BBC reported.
Under the Obama administration's plans, U.S. forces are due to start withdrawing from Iraq at the end of August, apart from 50,000 troops who will support and train Iraqi forces before leaving the country by the end of 2011.
Here's why, a glimpse of the timetable:

American Military Casualties in Iraq 
In Combat
American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03):44143492
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) (the list)


Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03):39533186
Since Handover (6/29/04):35552859
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09):18687
American WoundedOfficialEstimated
Total Wounded:31902Over 100000

* From the Anti War website
Each step, from the declaration of "Mission Accomplished", to the remarks like "the insurgents are in the last throes", we just need to rid Iraq of the brutal dictator (7 years have passed), since the handover to Iraqi troops, 6 years ago.  Another 10 years of fighting, dying, billions of dollars we desperately need, in a war of choice. 
Our Commander in Chief, President Obama, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, needs to understand that we can ill afford another decade of war for oil. I'm not particularly happy 50,000 troops remain in Iraq, and certainly not the surged escalation of war in Afghanistan. 
Another 20 years mired in war in Iraq?  NO. 

Meanwhile Gen. Petraeus is saying they just don't know if they can leave Afghanistan by July 2011- basically, maybe 10 years there is not quite enough?

1 comment:

nonnie9999 said...

too bad this won't teach the chickenhawks that elective war is not a good thing.