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 is staunchly against the waging of secret and undeclared wars, manipulation in foreign governments, staged coups, false flag terror operations, and the covert funding of terrorist groups abroad; all are things the CIA delights in. Ron Paul, even from his lowly position as a congressman, probably poses more threat to the CIA Black agenda than anyone else on the planet. He speaks candidly about them and the things they do. Its not unreasonable to think they may kill him.

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  2. Alex Jones asked the big question on his show the other day Who should Ron Paul run with in 2012?
    Richard Clarke anyone know if that might really be possible ?

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  3. ComputerInfoSystem

    Ron Paul is a true American Patriot. What the hell has happened to this country in these recent years? Obama is fraudulent, he is only there because it calms the public down more but all his policies are the same as GWB (arguably worse in some cases), he is the -deceiver-. Bush was so bluntly bad and obvious that everyone hated him, but now that Obama is in office it feels like total apathy has returned. If there is a God, then please help the USA.

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  4. Stop Wars
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  5. Stop Wars
    End the Fed
    LibertyPoet
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  6. if I saw any muzlambs denouncing the terrorists, or at least complaining about them murdering in the name of there god, INSTEAD OF VILLIFYING CONSERVATIVES, AND CARTOON MAKERS,...then I MIGHT BELIEVE IT .

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  7. if I saw any muzlambs denouncing the terrorists, or at least complaining about them murdering in the name of there god, INSTEAD OF VILLIFYING CONSERVATIVES, AND CARTOON MAKERS,...then I MIGHT BELIEVE IT .

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  8. For a nobody, I have done what I can in the fight for freedom since 1989. If you remember, the establishment made Bin Laden the leader of the 19 hijackers on 9-12-01 and the establishment's reason for the attack was that the extremists hate us due to our freedom. Anyone that suggests that they attacked us due to our interventions in their lands is trashed and labeled un-American. I am happy that some of America is waking up. We have a long way to go. I just hope we have time.

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  9. Nothing but name calling here.

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  10. Nothing but name calling here.

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  11. Ron Paul is already a huge leader for a movement the CIA and their Illuminist controllers are very uncomfortable with. If Ron Paul had a pricetag he'd already have been bought off.
    Ron Paul is the only politician that merits anything approaching trust. Hes sounds the same now as he did in the 70s, hes never wavered. If he says something he damn well means it. look at his voting record, find old clips of him. They dont call him doctor no for nuttin

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  12. I do not think you blindly follow any man. You stated you were a HUGE supporter of Ron Paul, if that were the case than you would have seen the Huckabee exchange during the debates where Huckabee said even though going to Iraq was a mistake we must stand united and fight. Ron Paul then stated his reasoning for 'Just bring them home' as we are to correct the mistake not continue the mistake. If you followed the 2008 campaign you would have remembered.

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  13. I do not think you blindly follow any man. You stated you were a HUGE supporter of Ron Paul, if that were the case than you would have seen the Huckabee exchange during the debates where Huckabee said even though going to Iraq was a mistake we must stand united and fight. Ron Paul then stated his reasoning for 'Just bring them home' as we are to correct the mistake not continue the mistake. If you followed the 2008 campaign you would have remembered.

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  14. Your question is why 911 happened. The CIA claims that it was unintended consequences to or actions in the Middle East. The term 'blowback' is the common term used to describe it. Do you want a list of the motives behind 911 or do you really believe Bin Laden can convince people to fly airplanes into buildings due to our way of life? Google Michael Scheuer, he is the former head of the CIA's bin Laden Unit. But maybe Hannity has a better grasp on the subject than Mr Scheuer.

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  15. Your question is why 911 happened. The CIA claims that it was unintended consequences to or actions in the Middle East. The term 'blowback' is the common term used to describe it. Do you want a list of the motives behind 911 or do you really believe Bin Laden can convince people to fly airplanes into buildings due to our way of life? Google Michael Scheuer, he is the former head of the CIA's bin Laden Unit. But maybe Hannity has a better grasp on the subject than Mr Scheuer.

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  16. Well, more name calling. The debate ends when the name calling begins. You lose.

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  17. Well, more name calling. The debate ends when the name calling begins. You lose.

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  18. Well, more name calling. The debate ends when the name calling begins. You lose.

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  19. Gold gets its value just like anything else in a market place. There is not a set value of any commodity, product or service. Demand for any commodity, product or service determines its value. Historically many commodities were used as a basis of exchange. In POW camps, cigarettes were the commodity of exchange.

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  20. Gold gets its value just like anything else in a market place. There is not a set value of any commodity, product or service. Demand for any commodity, product or service determines its value. Historically many commodities were used as a basis of exchange. In POW camps, cigarettes were the commodity of exchange.

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