Quoting an email I got from President Obama last night: As Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, our commitment to a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq continues. Under Operation New Dawn, a transitional force of U.S. troops will remain to advise and assist Iraqi forces, protect our civilians on the ground, and pursue targeted counter terrorism efforts.
Well, that just sounds lovely. Operation New Dawn...mmmmmm, would go well with a cup of Tea and a Harry Potter book. If anyone else sees the bullshit writing on the wall, feel free to do as I did and sigh exasperatedly and close my email.
Giving an illegal war a new name doesn't make it any less illegal, colonial or wrong. We're still occupying Iraq. I'm not even gonna begin to talk about Afghanistan. In so many words, we're still up to our necks in shit in the middle east and Obama takes this opportunity to give us all a fatherly pat on the back and thank us for the 4,400 American soldiers who died in that useless, futile crusade.
Granted, Obama didn't start the war but his middle eastern diplomacy follows in the footsteps of spineless democrats everywhere.
The corporate juggernauts still hold reign over the Green Zone, still pocket billions of dollars of Iraqi money without giving back to the people, even in so much as to fix broken water lines or roads. On an aside, before we invaded Iraq, Iraq had a higher literacy rate, lower unemployment rate, updated infrastructure and lower poverty rate. Of course Hussein was a murderous bastard but since when did that ever bother us? Chile, Argentina (oh, those were our guys)...Cambodia. We don't give a rats ass if dictators kill their own people...unless, they have something we want. If you turn your nose up at us, we'll gladly take the opportunity to raise our flag and send the cavalry in.
Between the colossal cluster fucking of Iraq's infrastructure, the incident a month or so ago where we just, poof, lost $9 billion of their money and our continued "stay" on their soil, it seems to me that the only thing New about this operation New Dawn is how much longer the Iraqi people will look up at the spires of the Green Zone and shrug their shoulders. Considering our behaviour, the Iraqi people have been WAY more than patient with us. Imagine the tables were turned. Some country invaded ours, toppled our government, destroyed schools, priceless museums, shattered the infrastructure, built a lock stock palace behind barbed wire and cement and over loud speakers insisted they were there to help, while robbing us and raping our natural resources...
ummmmm, I'd be fucking livid!
But we excel at not looking at anybody's views but our own. We're the greatest, the best and we never lose.
So, everyone, raise your glasses to Operation New Dawn, the dawning of a new era where Iraqis and Americans will walk side by side in the quagmire we've dug. Mazeltov.