On The Money with Peter Hebert

September 1, 2010

Iraq

Filed under: Commentary — Peter Hebert @ 4:13 AM

Dear Mr. President,

We never belonged in Iraq in the first place. They were never the enemy. But, they will be. This was not a combat mission. It started with a shock and awe campaign that has since the start of the war has murdered over 100,000 Iraqi civilians, who had nothing to do with 9/11. On that day, 2,976 people died in the United States, yet over 4,400 American soldiers have died abroad. The economics of the body count alone is absurd. It’s an abomination. Our soldiers did not fight for people they did not know, unless they were listening to FOX News’ account of Americanism and the modern world. The United States got tired of Saddam Hussein, and wanted another, but more controllable puppet. They fought for regime change. The end game was the control of oil and its trade in dollars in the region.

Perhaps the Council on Foreign Relations, the State Department, the neo-conservatives, and the beneficiaries in the corporate sector think the Arab world will forget. I don’t think so. The future “terrorists” from that part of the world will not be “jihadists.” I think it will be beyond this. It should be obvious that they will seek to exterminate the existential threat to all nations, which is the United States of America, Mr. President. What have you done to address this?

Peter Hebert

On Aug 31, 2010, at 10:13 PM, Barack Obama wrote:

Peter —

Tonight marks the end of the American combat mission in Iraq.

As a candidate for this office, I pledged to end this war responsibly. And, as President, that is what I am doing.

Since I became Commander-in-Chief, we’ve brought home nearly 100,000 U.S. troops. We’ve closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of our bases.

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 counterterrorism efforts.

By the end of next year, consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, these men and women, too, will come home.

Ending this war is not only in Iraq’s interest — it is in our own. Our nation has paid a huge price to put Iraq’s future in the hands of its people. We have sent our men and women in uniform to make enormous sacrifices. We have spent vast resources abroad in the face of several years of recession at home.

We have met our responsibility through the courage and resolve of our women and men in uniform.

In seven years, they confronted a mission as challenging and as complex as any our military has ever been asked to face.

Nearly 1.5 million Americans put their lives on the line. Many returned for multiple tours of duty, far from their loved ones who bore a heroic burden of their own. And most painfully, more than 4,400 Americans have given their lives, fighting for people they never knew, for values that have defined our people for more than two centuries.

What their country asked of them was not small. And what they sacrificed was not easy.

For that, each and every American owes them our heartfelt thanks.

Our promise to them — to each woman or man who has donned our colors — is that our country will serve them as faithfully as they have served us. We have already made the largest increase in funding for veterans in decades. So long as I am President, I will do whatever it takes to fulfill that sacred trust.

Tonight, we mark a milestone in our nation’s history. Even at a time of great uncertainty for so many Americans, this day and our brave troops remind us that our future is in our own hands and that our best days lie ahead.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

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