We are, of course, talking about the supposed end of the Iraq war. Because Iraq refused to provide blanket immunity for any crimes that might be committed by U.S. military personnel, Pres. Obama decided to bring the troops home. However, we will keep about 5,500 mercenaries in Baghdad at the world’s largest embassy, along with who knows how many CIA and Special Ops troops, and the U.S. plans to post additional combat troops in the immediate vicinity of Iraq. Still, getting 40,000 troops out of Iraq is good news!
But we just feel deeply, profoundly sad. After nine years, maybe a million deaths, tens of thousands of injured, four million refugees, a country destabilized and left in ruins–it’s a bit hard to feel celebratory. Especially when the hawks immediately begin new campaigns to wage war on Iran, Clinton talks about a “pivot” to ramp up the intimidation level against China, and the U.S. continues attacks in Yemen and Pakistan, not to mention Afghanistan.
The only way we can possibly stop this insane war machine is to cut off the money. That’s why we are working so hard to slash the Pentagon budget.