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Today we ended the War in Iraq right?? Riiight….

Today the news headlines claimed that the War in Iraq is coming to an end and the last combat troops are being pulled out of the country.  The remaining troops in Iraq will now switch missions from combat to “assisting” the local government.  Mission accomplished right? 

Well, not exactly.  This is more political pandering than anything else.  Who is this pandering to?  All the anti-war liberals who thought that supporting Obama would mean an end to our wars in the Middle East and the fact that our nation is becoming more discontent with our never-ending wars on terror.  This Iraq War has officially become our nation’s longest war, longer than the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War.  We’ve spent trillions of dollars fighting it, lost over 4,000 troops, and over 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed.  And all for what?  Spreading freedom?  Now Iraq’s infrastructure has been completely devastated, their government is in shambles, factions continue to fight, and if we were to completely pull out our troops there would be no way they could maintain a semblance of national security.

After our last combat troops leave the country, 50,000 troops will remain.  This is roughly two times more than the number of troops we have stationed in Korea.  The plan is to keep them there until January 1st, 2012 and then to bring them back home if necessary.  That worked pretty well in Korea right?  The truth is that America never really leaves.  Ask almost every country in the world where we maintain active bases.  We have a global empire and it’s costing trillions of dollars to maintain and will eventually lead us to financial ruin if we don’t deal with it head on.  Think of this next time you hear any conservative who says that they want to cut the budget, but not touch defense spending.

One other thing to consider with this “troop pullback” today in Iraq is that many are just going to be sent over to bolster our forces in Afghanistan.  It’s like we’re playing the game of Risk.  We surged our troops in Iraq and destroyed the forces in that country, and now it’s time to leave some men behind and move over to Afghanistan.  After Afghanistan what country will be next?  Iran seems like a good candidate right?  Sadly, our Risk cards are going to be out soon once our country goes bankrupt…

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