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February 28, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Just why are our troops still in Iraq?

Regarding an Associated Press article from this month, I’ve highlighted some portions:

“Leon Panetta, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Pentagon, predicted on Thursday that Iraq will ask the United States to keep some American forces in that country beyond year’s end, the current departure date ...

“After the latest violence in Iraq, Panetta said he expected Baghdad to ask for U.S. troops to stay beyond their scheduled Dec. 31 departure. There are currently about 47,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, none in a declared combat role.

“ ‘I think it’s clear to me that Iraq is considering the possibility of making a request for some kind of presence to remain there,’ he said, adding that it was contingent on what Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki requests.”

I thought we were the ones who should be deciding what we should be doing with our U.S. troops.

Eight years after the American invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, the United States has lost more than 4,400 lives in Iraq, with more than 32,000 wounded. That war has cost us billions of dollars.

It is time to shut down George W. Bush’s folly.

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  1. I disagree about the Iraq war being a folly but I, too, wonder how long American soldiers will remain. Not only in Iraq but in Germany, Japan and, seemingly, endless other foreign countries. Our founders warned us about foreign "entaglements" and to avoid them. Anyone in Washington listening to that sound advice? No longer, it appears.

  2. In response to Future:

    - Twofold increase Drone strikes killing innocent civilians in the dead of night. Saif al-Arab Gaddafi died along with three of his children all under twelve years old.

    Better than using ground troops. I don't like innocents being killed, but the enemy hides amongst civilians. It's up to those people to stop protectiong them.

    - Refuse to close the Open Border with Mexico and protect local Americans

    Another fallacy, Obama spends more money than Bush did and deported more illegals than Bush in eight years.

    - Operation Fast and Furious - the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms knowingly and deliberately flooded Mexico with assault rifles.

    When did Obama start running the ATF from the inside?

    - Declines to enforce immigration laws

    Again, deported more illegals than Bush did in eight years.

    - 35,000 more American troops to Afghanistan

    Don't remember Liz and Dick hollering about dithering? Fox aired almost every day that Obama should put more troops in Afghanistan. Now that he did, you don't like the result?

    - Extension of wiretapping Patriot Act

    I'll agree with you on that one.

    - Took a blame America, apology World Tour

    More anti Obama Fox nonsense.

    - 50k troops still in Iraq and 5500 private security being hired to protect the State Department

    Big business run by KBR (Halliburton) and Xe (Blackwater), Cheney and Bush buddies.

    - Opened up a new Cowboy war front in Libya killing 100s of civilians in Tripoli. Obama wrote to Congress that he did not have to ask for Authority or money because we were not engaged in "Hostilities."

    Were we asked by our allies to participate or did we just go ahead by ourselves? I guess we should abandon our allies in NATO and alienate them like that other guy.

    - Gitmo trials to be held in still open Gitmo

    Because paranoid GOP/Tea Party people screamed about turning terrorists loose in the streets scaring the hell out of brain dead voters. You can't whine about a condition created by the paranoid right. Gitmo could have been closed long ago if it weren't a political pawn used by the GOP/Tea Party.

    - Afghanistan's Bagram Secret Enhanced Interrogation Prisons expanded

    Gotta show me evidence for that one.

  3. America (and now Canada) doesn't seem to learn that invading a country causes vast changes there. When the military portion of the mission has been accomplished, then a humanitarian mess inevitably arises. The old advice, "Just declare victory and leave", as callous as it sounds, is probably the best solution. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen. Those places will take decades, maybe centuries, to become as stable as they were prior to any American or NATO invasion.
    Why bankrupt yourself and the entire Western World just because you screwed up by invading these countries?

  4. Vernos,

    You and everyone else should either tell the whole truth about immigration or just stop talking about it.

    Bush did not do what is necessary and neither has Obama, so it does not matter who put more INS people on the border or who deported more people.

    Here's what's needed if one wants to get serious about illegal immigration:

    National ID Card, datebase employers must use to verify legal status of all current and prospective employees, fines on employers who hire illegal immmigrants, guest worker program, path to citizenship for those already here with no criminal record either here or in country of origin.