In case you haven’t heard, we’ve won the Iraq war. The last combat brigade left Iraq on August 19th. From Yahoo News:
KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait – A line of heavily armored American military vehicles, their headlights twinkling in the pre-dawn desert, lumbered past the barbed wire and metal gates marking the border between Iraq and Kuwait early Thursday and rolled into history.
For the troops of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, it was a moment of relief fraught with symbolism but lightened by the whoops and cheers of soldiers one step closer to going home. Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving Iraq, well ahead of President Barack Obama’s Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations there.
This, of course, is sorta good news, but we aren’t in the clear yet. Not that many Americans have heard about this. Instead, we’ve been focusing on the Ground Zero Mosque controversy and junk. The media have under reported and misreported this story, unsurprisingly, because the truth doesn’t fit well into their narrative. Here’s the real story:
- WE STILL HAVE 50,000 TROOPS IN IRAQ, the vast majority of them combat troops.
- A U.S. soldier was killed after the supposed “last combat brigade” left Iraq.
- Obama has tried to take credit for the “success” in Iraq, despite the fact that he opposed the very strategy that brought the success.
- Obama has tried to take credit for the current troop draw down, despite the fact that it was the Bush Administration that signed the Status of Forces Agreement.
- The Iraqi government is very fragile, so we’re going to be assisting Iraq for years to come.
At this point, we shouldn’t be celebrating much. Iraq, simply put, is a sh*t hole. If I lived there, I’d probably want to strap myself to a bomb, too. Iraq still has a long way to go, and without a stable government, the U.S. will need to put a lot of resources into the Middle Eastern nation in order to keep the peace. But if too much outside influence is exerted, the Iraqi government will seem like a puppet of the United States, making it even less effective. That’s the thin line that must be walked.
As for Obama taking credit for Iraq success, I’m not surprised. What other “good” news does he have to point to? The economy is still in the crapper, and Democrats are going to lose the House. When in history has the party in power, after three major legislative achievements (Obamacare, Wall St. reform, stimulus), had to avoid mentioning those achievements during a political campaign? Shouldn’t they be touting the greatness of those laws, instead of running away from them? Unless, of course, those laws are wildly unpopular, especially in congressional districts currently held by Democrats but won by McCain in the Presidential election.
The Democrats’ theory is that the American people are stupid ingrates, which is why, in their heads, the vast majority of voters are against their legislative agenda. That’s also why their trying to pull the wool over your eyes by not mentioning their legislation. They think you’re easily fooled by their slight of hand, but in reality, you see how the radical transformation of this Nation is destroying it. And the mainstream media will do its part, conveniently failing to mention how unpopular all the Dems’ ideas are in the eyes of the electorate.
And if somehow the Democrats manage to hold onto power, they will proclaim, “Mission Accomplished!” Let’s make sure that never happens.