December 16, 2011
First Harry Reid:
Harry Reid: “The Iraq War is lost.”
Then Obama against the troop surge in Iraq in July 2008
Watch ALL of the next Video: Speaker in video is Carl Davidson [Info on Carl Davidson go here: http://keywiki.org/index.php/Carl_Davidson]
Listen especially starting at 10:33 to 14:33
Iraq Troop Surge Debate : Jan Schakowsky – Anti Surge
YET…….after the Iraqi people have been able to take control of their country with elections and a Constitution, the PROGRESSIVE want to claim it was ALL ABOUT THEM.
***The AUTHOR of the following piece is MARRIED to Rep. Jan Schakowsky****
The Iraq War Is Over… Lesson for Progressives: Yes We Can.
by Robert Creamer
December 14, 2011
Sometime in the next 15 days, the last American troops will leave Iraq — and the War that began almost nine years ago will finally come to an end.
Today, President Obama addresses some of those returning troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The big difference between those troops and many others who have returned from the War in Iraq, is that none of them will be deployed on yet another tour to Mosul or Kirkuk or Baghdad — or any of the other Iraqi cities that became so familiar to Americans over the last decade.
The end of the War in Iraq is a major event in American history, since in many ways, that War was the defining historic event for an entire generation of Americans.
There are those who would minimize the importance of the final withdrawal of our troops from Iraq by pointing to the unfinished business of the War in Afghanistan, or the use of civilian contractors. Those are important issues, but they should not diminish the extraordinary significance of the fact that the Iraq War has come to an end.
Most importantly, Progressives — and all of those who fought for a decade to prevent and then to end the Iraq War — should take a moment to celebrate the fact that they have won a critical, historic battle.
The War in Iraq was used by terrorists worldwide to stoke hatred for our country and to recruit young people to their ranks. It sapped our country of trillions of dollars, stretched our military to the breaking point, caused popular support for America to plummet around the globe and dealt a powerful blow to America’s moral authority.
Most Americans realize that the decision to launch the War in Iraq was one of the biggest foreign policy disasters in modern American history.
But there is also a deep well of respect and support for the million men and women — both military and civilian — whose sacrifice allowed a hopeful outcome to be salvaged from a disastrous series of decisions by the Bush Administration.
Progressives must be resolute in preventing Republicans from using cuts in the benefits or care for returning warriors to pay for their tax breaks for millionaires.
And Progressives should do something else as well. While we recognize there is much to be done — let’s take a moment to celebrate an historic success. The end of the Iraq War demonstrates that “Yes We Can!” is more than a campaign slogan. It reminds us once again that everyday people can successfully organize to change history.