Why The War Goes On

Maybe the Iraq occupation continues because there’s so much money to be made.
Study finds lawmakers invested $165m in defense,

WASHINGTON – Members of Congress have as much as $196 million collectively invested in companies that do business with the Defense Department, earning millions since the onset of the Iraq war, according to a study by a nonpartisan research group.
. . . Several members earning money from these contractors have plum committee or leadership assignments, including Senator John F. Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, and the House minority whip Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri.

This is just members of Congress. What about others involved with keeing the war going? And I wonder how much money the Iraqi leadership is making off the war as well?

The Surge

The right’s big thing now is to claim that “the surge is working.”
OK, fine. It’s working. Does that mean the troops come how now?
If now, then what does “working” mean? Does “working” mean that the troops stay in Iraq? Was that the goal of the surge?
Why are they in Iraq, again? Oh yeah, to find the WMD, to get Saddam out of power, or whatever reasons they are giving this week…

Republican Senator Get Navy Veteran Fired For Opposing War

Please read this DKos diary: Daily Kos: Must Read: McConnell Ignores Navy Veteran, Then Gets Her Fired
If they can get away with denying jobs to people who oppose the Iraq war, people will be afraid to speak out.

Bush Lied

Here is something that blog readers know, but people outside the blogosphere have only had the smallest inkling of. We’ve been over many of the lies told countless times. We take it for granted, but the regular person on the street has not been exposed to this information at all. Has the TV ever once said Bush lied? No wonder there hasn’t been serious support for impeachment – politicians go ask regular people and they don’t know of Bush’s crimes.
Maybe they will now. Read the following, and follow the link to read more.
Study: False statements preceded war,

A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The study concluded that the statements “were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.”
The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.

How much lying?

The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both.

Ron Paul’s Appeal

I think I understand the appeal of Ron Paul a little better now. This post at an economics blog makes the case:

. . . Bush would rather waste $70 billion and another 10,000 lives than admit his programs are a complete failures.
“With great fanfare” the Pentagon adopted a reduction in overseas force plan in 2004. The only thing that has changed since then is more lives have been lost, more money has been wasted, and the economy has soured. There are no jobs here so Bush will do whatever he can, including the deliberate sacrificing the lives of US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the deliberate waste of $billions elsewhere, just to prevent unemployment numbers from rising headed into an election year.
What’s even sadder is that spineless Democrats are going along with his strategy. If you want to stop this madness, there is only one choice: Vote for Ron Paul.

People want the war stopped, they don’t see the Democrats doing that. Therefore…
Update – I am in no way endorsing Ron Paul here, I am saying I understand the appeal — to the “low information voters” who don’t understand what many of his other policies mean in the real world Some are good ideas, others are proven to not work. nd then there’s this “NAFTA Highway” conspiracy stuff… Wow.

2013 Is Too Late for California

Yesterday: Senate Approves $70 Billion For Iraq-Afghanistan. Earlier this week: Fiscal emergency for California
According to the National Priorities Project, the Iraq War has so far cost California $57,777,700,000
Do you see the connection?
Some of our candidates say they will keep combat troops in Iraq until 2013. The actions of the Congress since the 2006 election proves that we need to pin them down now, before the election. No more benefit of the doubt. We need a clear, indisputable mandate to end the Iraq war in this election. It is costing us too much. It is killing and injuring people, creating a massive number of refugees, forcing people to turn against America, and destroying our financial underpinnings.
2013IsTooLate.com

Walter Cronkite Calls For Troops Out!

See it at Firedoglake: Walter Cronkite: Our Troops Must Leave Iraq,

Yesterday, Mr. Cronkite and David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, published a joint statement at CommonDreams.org, calling for the removal of US troops and bases, turning over all responsibilities to the Iraqi people, and agreeing to help rebuild a ravaged Iraq. An excerpt from their statement:

The invasion of Iraq was illegal from the start. Not only was Congress lied to in order to secure its support for the invasion of Iraq, but the war lacked the support of the United Nations Security Council and thus was an aggressive war initiated on the false pretenses of weapons of mass destruction.

Go read

You’ll Probably Be Hearing About This

This is brutal but I suspect you’ll be hearing about it.
Iraqi school guard, wife beheaded as children watch,

Three suspected al Qaeda militants, including two sisters, beheaded their uncle and his wife, forcing the couple’s children to watch, Iraqi police said on Friday.
The militants considered that school guard Youssef al-Hayali was an infidel because he did not pray and wore western-style trousers, they told police interrogators after being arrested in Diyala province northwest of Baghdad.

Ex-Iraq Commander: Bring Them Home

Ex-Iraq commander says bring troops home

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top commander in Iraq shortly after the fall of Baghdad, said this week he supports Democratic legislation that calls for most troops to come home within a year.

It’s time.
The Bushites say the surge has been a success -so it is time to bring them home.