Meanwhile very few people are telling you the truth about Iraq. C.I. is. She busts her ass to do so. Bill Van Auken (WSWS) is also busting his ass to tell the truth:
In packaging the Iraqi troop withdrawal that is supposed to be completed by the end of this month as an end to war and fulfillment of his campaign promises, Obama is merely recycling the illusions he peddled in 2008. Then he pledged that his administration would represent a clean break with the criminal policies of the Bush administration. Nearly four years later, the US military is at war in more countries than under Bush, Guantanamo and its military trials, along with torture, continue, and the police-state measures imposed in the wake of September 11, 2001 have been substantially expanded.
As for the withdrawal from Iraq, it was not Obama’s intention, but rather the result of the failure to negotiate a deal with the Maliki government to allow up to 20,000 US troops to remain in the country. The sticking point was Washington’s demand for blanket immunity for American forces from Iraqi prosecution. After all of the killing and brutality of the last nine years, such a guarantee was vehemently opposed by the Iraqi people.
It would be more appropriate to describe the current withdrawal as a repositioning of US forces for a continuation and expansion of war throughout the region.
In Iraq itself, uniformed troops are being replaced by a new army in civilian clothes. A massive, fortress-like American embassy in Baghdad has been erected in a walled compound of 104 acres—larger than the Vatican—with two similar facilities having been opened as consulates in the southern oil center of Basra and the Kurdish capital of Arbil in the north.
Thomas Fleming (Daily Mail) also takes on some of the crap from the White House:
President Obama, welcoming the troops returning to Fr. Bragg, triumphantly proclaimed: 'Because of you - because you sacrificed so much for a people that you had never met, Iraqis have a chance to forge their own destiny.' Obama continued, 'That's part of what makes us special as Americans. Unlike the empires of old, we did so not for territory or for resources. We do it because it's right.'
Who writes this stuff? Do they actually get paid? It is not simply revolting in its sentimentality but pernicious in encouraging Americans to believe that our government can do no wrong.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"