Friday, May 30, 2008

It's Victory! So Let's Come Home

How encouraging, since we started out to defeat al Qaeda and now that's done, the war is over - right? Nice work, fellas. No more need to kill off their people. We can bring the troops back here and get to work rebuilding the infrastructure and putting the schools back into functioning order, educate a generation of ex-GI's and put the taxes on their improved incomes to work fighting pollution and the fossil fuel dominance - right? According to CIA chief honcho Hayden, they're defeated.

Less than a year after his agency warned of new threats from a resurgent al-Qaeda, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden now portrays the terrorist movement as essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and on the defensive throughout much of the rest of the world, including in its presumed haven along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Wonderfully, candidate McCain declared victory November 25, 2007. We can swing with that.

On Sunday, McCain told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that “we’ve succeeded militarily” in Iraq.

Besides, there's protesting in Sadr City at the hints during a conference being conducted on Iraq's future - hints that we are extending our conquest. Not only have we succeeded militarily, al Qaeda is defeated - we're being told to Get Out.

In one of the largest demonstrations, several thousand people took to the streets in the Baghdad district of Sadr City, a bastion of Sadr's Mehdi Army militia. They held up pictures of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki dressed as Saddam Hussein.

In the Kadhimiya district in northwest Baghdad, hundreds of demonstrators with raised fists marched behind a banner asking the United Nations to "stand with the Iraqi people against this security deal between the government and the occupation."

The United States, which invaded in 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein, now has 155,000 troops in Iraq.

It is negotiating with Iraq on an agreement aimed at giving a legal basis to U.S. troops after December 31, when their United Nations' mandate expires. Sadr's followers see it as a surrender of Iraq's sovereignty to an occupying force.

Sadr, backed by a militia estimated to number tens of thousands and popular among Iraq's Shi'ite poor, has called for protests to continue until the government agrees to hold a referendum on the U.S. presence.

Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, the biggest Shi'ite group in Maliki's government, also criticized the planned agreement on a troop extension.

In a statement on his website, he said there was a "national consensus to reject many points raised by the American side as they infringe national sovereignty." (Emphasis added.)

In a government acting in the interests of this country, these would be adequate grounds for pulling out and leaving the Iraqis to put back together their world that we have effectively ground into pulp. The bubble around the occupied White House won't let this end goal seep into the considerations of the war criminals, though.

Everything this cabal has thrown away, all the treasures built up over the eight previous years in which President Clinton pulled out of the last morass the GoPervs made, should be repaid. It should come out of the fortunes they have amassed at our expense, the net worth of the Carlyle, and other, corporate bodies they have promoted.

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