On August 31, 2010, President Barack Obama deceitfully announced that the "combat mission" of American troops in Iraq had came to an end. It turned out, however, that at least 50,000 American troops would remain in Iraq, staying there, as President Obama obliquely stated, "to train and assist the Iraqi forces during the transition period."
attempting to give the appearance that the war in Iraq had concluded
in an honorable victory for the United States, President Obama was
furthering a shameful falsehood that began with George W. Bush. He also
was revealing (not for the first time) the dishonesty of his own
character. Hearing those crafty words from Mr. Obama, how could anyone seriously
doubt that he harbored the same warmongering purpose as Mr. Bush?
brutal actions that have been carried out by American forces in Iraq
since 2003, and the unthinking acceptance of those brutal actions by
the American public, constitute an offense against humanity that is both monstrous and undeniable. As long as there are thousands of American soldiers
in Iraq, violently oppressing Iraqi citizens, a state of war will
continue. It is quite probable that the thoughtlessness of most Americans
also will continue, as they choose to pay no heed to the evil that is
done in their name.