“When Iraq becomes strong enough in our opinion to stand alone, we shall be in a position to state that our task has been fulfilled, and that Iraq is an independent sovereign state. But this cannot be said while we are forced year after year to spend very large sums of money on helping the Iraqi government to defend itself and maintain order.” : Winston Churchill – 1922
So what might this history mean for America and Iraq?
Read Following Churchill’s Folly In Iraq by Don Chapman here: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18250.htm
Iraq: At least 32 killed as bloody U.S. ocupation grinds on:
At least 13 people were killed in clashes between U.S. forces and gunmen in the Shula district of northwestern Baghdad overnight, a police source at a hospital said.
US general warns of bloody ‘Ramadan Offensive’ in Iraq:
A senior US general warned Thursday of “sensational” attacks during the upcoming Ramadan period in Iraq directed at swaying perceptions of a key upcoming US report on progress in the war there.
Iraq: Democracy is not essential, says the US:
Brig Gen John Bednarek, who commands forces in Diyala province, told CNN that “democratic institutions are not necessarily the way ahead in the long-term future”.
Iraqi VP delivers Sunni ultimatum :
Iraq’s vice president said Friday his Sunni political party will not return to its Cabinet positions unless their demands are met.
Secularists pull ministers out of Iraq government:
Three secularist ministers who were already boycotting meetings of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s cabinet will formally quit the government, their bloc said on Friday.
More Iraqis Said to Flee Since Troop Increase :
The number of Iraqis fleeing their homes has soared since the American troop increase began in February, according to data from two humanitarian groups, accelerating the partition of the country into sectarian enclaves.
Republican call on Iraq troops drawdown an alert for Bush:
A Republican senator’s call to begin a troop withdrawal from Iraq is a wake-up call for President George W. Bush as he fights to keep his policy from unraveling, but it may not immediately sway votes in Congress for a pullout
Top U.S. Generals at Odds Over Iraq War Strategy:
America’s top military brass appeared at odds Friday over the course of the Iraq War as outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace reportedly stood ready to recommend a major reduction next year in troop strength while a key ground commander warned that such a move would be “a giant step backwards.”
Allawi Pays $300k for Anti-Maliki US Campaign:
Documents obtained by IraqSlogger show Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki’s chief Iraqi opponent, Ayad Allawi, is paying Washington lobbyists with close ties to the White House $300,000 to help with Allawi’s efforts in the U.S. to promote himself and undermine Maliki.
UK: Troops argue Iraq is ‘unwinnable’ :
A belief that Iraq is unwinnable, fears that Afghanistan could go the same way and an overwhelming feeling that the government has not looked after the Armed Forces properly in return for the sacrifices they make.
Iraq Kurds accuse Iran of cross-border shelling:
Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq accused Iran on Friday of launching shells across the border, causing damage to farmland but no injuries.
More War on the Horizon
By Paul Craig Roberts
America’s hegemonic hubris is a sickness. A country that tolerates a war criminal while he openly plans to attack yet another country is definitely not a light unto the world.
Iranian dissident warns of US actions against Iran:
Mohsen Sazegara, who was a high-ranking Tehran official before turning against the government, told AFP in an interview that the US move, reported to be in the works last week, could spark a backlash, stirring up more turmoil in places where Washington accuses them of terror activities, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon.
US Reaction to Iran-IAEA Deal Illogical:
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini called the US reaction to agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency as “illogical and non-technical”.
“The soul of man, the justice, the mercy that is the heart in all men, from Maine to Georgia, does abhor this business…a crime is projected that confounds our understandings by its magnitude, a crime that really deprives us as well as the Cherokees of a country for how could we call the conspiracy that should crush these poor Indians our government, or the land that was cursed by their parting and dying imprecations our country any more? You, sir, will bring down that renowned chair in which you sit into infamy if your seal is set to this instrument of perfidy; and the name of this nation, hitherto the sweet omen of religion and liberty, will stink to the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson – 1838
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,019,627
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 3,7253
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