Iraq: Mission Accomplished – Or Just Semantics and Broken Promises?




Date: 08/30/2010

Iraq – An End or an Escalation?

by Ron Paul

Amid much fanfare last week, the last supposed “combat” troops left Iraq as the administration touted the beginning of the end of the Iraq War and a change in the role of the United States in that country. Considering the continued public frustration with the war effort, and with the growing laundry list of broken promises, this was merely another one of the administration’s operations in political maneuvering and semantics in order to convince an increasingly war-weary public that the Iraq War is at last ending. However, military officials confirm that we are committed to intervention in that country for years to come, and our operations have in fact, changed minimally, if really at all.

After eight long draining years, I have to wonder if our government even understands what it is to end a war anymore. The end of a war, to most people, means all the troops come home, out of harm’s way. It means we stop killing people and getting killed. It means we stop sending troops and armed personnel over and draining our treasury for military operations in that foreign land. But much like the infamous “mission accomplished” moment of the last administration, this “end” of the war also means none of those things.

50,000 US troops remain in Iraq, and they are still receiving combat pay. One soldier was killed in Basra just last Sunday, after the supposed end of combat operations, and the same day 5,000 men and women of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood were deployed to Iraq. Their mission will be anything but desk duty. Among other things they will accompany the Iraqi military on dangerous patrols, continue to be involved in the hunt for terrorists, and provide air support for the Iraqi military. They should be receiving combat pay, because they will be serving a combat role!

Of course the number of private contractors – who perform many of the same roles as troops, but for a lot more money – is expected to double. So this is a funny way of ending combat operations in Iraq. We are still meddling in their affairs and we are still putting our men and women in danger, and we are still spending money we don’t have. This looks more like an escalation than a draw-down to me!

The ongoing war in Iraq takes place against a backdrop of economic crisis at home, as fresh numbers indicate that our economic situation is as bad as ever, and getting worse! Our foreign policy is based on an illusion: that we are actually paying for it. What we are doing is borrowing and printing the money to maintain our presence overseas. Americans are seeing the cost of this irresponsible approach as our economic decline continues. Unemployed Americans have been questioning a policy that ships hundreds of billions of dollars overseas while their own communities crumble and their frustration is growing. An end to this type of foreign policy is way overdue.

A return to the traditional American foreign policy of active private engagement and non-interventionism is the only alternative that can restore our moral and fiscal health.

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  1. RON PAUL IN 2012!!!!! YOU WILL GET MY VOTE!!!!

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  3. cant hear shit to low

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  4. THEY HAVENT ENDED A DAMN THING MORE B.S. FORM OUR GOVERNMENT & PRESIDENT ....ALL BIG LOSERS EXCEPT RON PAUL OF COURSE!!!

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  5. That little monkey George Bush, and that Kenyan really are a lot alike!

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  6. Ron Paul Stated that ""Of course the number of private contractors who perform many of the same roles as troops, but for a lot more money, is expected to double.""

    Ron Paul is Right and here is why. A US green card holder or naturalized citizen from Iraq can get up to $179,000 (Job advertising agency).
    http://www.efbf.org/jobs/Government-and-Policy/Find-job-Arabic-Translator-for-IRAQ-Permanent-Resident-or-U-S-Citizen-299453.htm

    http://www.jobline.net/jobiraq1.htm
    ""All the jobs are outstandingly well paid with salaries ranging from $ 60,000 to $ 175,000 a year, depending on age, qualifications and experience. in addition there are costs of living allowances and free transport from the USA, there and back.""

    http://www.rense.com/general46/hal.html
    the pay continues up the scale upwards to $250,000 per year for other jobs working for KBR

    While a US combat soldiers get $7.50 per day and 225 per month
    http://www.alternet.org/world/21130/

    RON PAUL 2012

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  7. 00:47 ...We still have bases in Germany and Japan...when is this mystical time that Dr.Paul speaks of?

    As a HUGE Ron Paul supporter, I have to question his last few videos...Is he loosing it?

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    • This says we still have bases in Germany. US Citizens are paying for military bases all over the place.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_military_bases

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    • Not sure if I'm reading your comment correctly, as I cannot intone your intent, but if you're implying the US has no bases in Japan or Germany, need I remind you of the whole controversy about moving a US base from one end of the island to the other is what resulted in the ouster of the Japanese prime minister earlier this year.

      http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/apr2010/japa-a29.shtml
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/01/japan-prime-minister-yuki_n_597009.html

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  8. Double in sub contractors/ Mercenaries. Fed money at work for their agenda... Why dont you say United Federal Reserve of America?

    Ron Paul for President 2012
    Rand Paul for Vice President 2012
    Peter Schiff for Treasury 2012

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  9. Feds are the root cause Obama is just a Puppet and Ron paul is the man who understands Feds policies and can give answers to all problems.. he is very good economic analyst and has better understanding then any other President of USA till to date, but Feds for let him come out on the main stream now it's MC turns if some how idiot Obamba Goes off There is not a single chance that RON Paul could come on main stream not a single chance cause he do not flatters The FEDS

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  10. MISSION FAILED: Obama has broken promises more than an old lady breaking her hip. The war on Afghanistan is going to get an F-. Even if the war has been finally won by some miracle (which there is 100% doubt that will ever so happen) the economy will still be in shitzone. Why are we killing muslims while we are spending tax dollars doing so in the middle east?! We should be drinking tea with them! This is why you shouldn't vote people from Harvord or Princeton.

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  11. noyouaintgettingit

    Ron Paul 2012

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    DON'T FALL FOR THE TRAP THAT IS RON PAUL

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  14. go ron! you my hero boy!

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  15. I don't want to pay taxes to kill towelheads
    I wan't to pay taxes to end corruption at the Fed.

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  18. Dr, Paul is a consistent and brilliant man whose patriotism is true. Not a Sunshine Patriot or an attention seeking goof. America's greatest hope, our guy on the "inside" of our oppressive Congress fused with large corporations and fascist elected officials.

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  19. Dr. Paul bringing us knowledge from one day in the future. this will be an invaluable ability when he is president

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