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.


  • mitchvanbiljon

    Combat troops are still in Iraq. My son is there and this is so patently false it is ridiculous. I am in 100% agreement with Ron Paul on this war.

  • yoyo7856

    heya people 🙂 so is Ron going to run in 2012??? I really hope so… but i am new to the revolution… Is there a chance he could win? what are his usual percentages etc i guess is what im wondering…

  • ceskakorouhev

    Ron Paul Go ! Stop these New World Barbars !

  • Padrag12

    Im American and sadly too many of my countrymen act like giddy school children when an irrelevant issue comes up and like apathetic vegetables when the issues that matter finally surface for that to ever happen.

  • shutupstupid9

    what is the goal or goals of the war anyway ? is it just a cleen up after the cold war ?

  • EpicHugeFail

    im english and i hope that Ron Paul runs for president and wins.

  • trexx32

    Obama is such a joke

  • cyclesingsleep

    thank you Ron Paul – keep truthin’!!!

  • TheYarnman

    he is samual on the wall warning this corrupt people.

  • It’s no wonder that we have spent way too much money on funding the so-called war in Iraq, and so-called “War on Terror”! All this is just another political theatering from Obama like Bush, and it’s just a phoney draw down of all combat troops!

  • Pete

    I read the other day in the paper that we gave $1.9 million dollars in computers to Iraqi school children that were stolen and auctioned off for $45K. I flip the page, and the article says the local community college is having cutbacks because they were refused a $2M grant. This whole war is wrong on so many levels.

  • foospecial

    I bothers me that so many people do not either care or understand the current situation. And worse, if they do understand and are still either apathetic toward or even support these policies.

  • rolexx

    Thank you all for these thoughtful responses. It appears I was too quick to judge Ron Paul and make such claims about him. Based on your descriptions, I think I need to learn more about him, and that is why I will go through more of his videos.

  • Jeff

    And everyone fails to realize also that these ridiculous salaries are all TAX FREE as well. So that $100,000 someone is making over there simply driving a truck (not unlike your stereotypical trucker here in the US) is closer to the equivalent of making $180,000 over here!

    On another note, the military folk I’ve spoken with (who must remain nameless) have informed me that the remaining forces in Iraq are being advertised as non-combat, but the mission is far from over. Apparently the non-public plan, so I’m told, is to be there for at least another 15 years. There is plenty going on that is not being made aware to the public. I wish I could say more, but I fear for my life.

  • ronheri

    Eight years in Iraq for a n illegal, immoral war. Ten years in Afganistan same thing. Now they say we need to keep our troops there to train their armies. If they can’t be trained in ten years, it means they don’t want us there. Our CIA and NSA are hellbent on destroying these poor people. Karma is a bitch. America has paid a huge price. Read Co. Fletcher’s, The CIA and the Kennedy Assasination. These wars are for the military/Industial Complex…Money. They are control freaks.

  • rolexx

    It sounds to me like Ron Paul hates America? Why can’t he be FOR America and FOR our troops instead of being AGAINST it? Why does Ron Paul want to destroy America?

    • longshotlouie

      Sounds like you need to lay off of the toothpaste.

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    Educate your neighbors including your local precinct and you WILL win them over.

  • NCIcaucus

    End the Fed…end the Federal government! I hope Rand Paul has not fallen too far from the tree!

  • LesiureBoy

    Ron Paul is THE MAN!!! God bless America.

  • Deft

    I think the real mission in Iraq was to establish a central bank, which was done in 2004.