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What if Someone Stopped a War Crime and No One Cared?

Sorry, but President Barack Hussein Obama gets my everlasting praise and certainly my vote for re-election next year. And all my holier-than-thou, Obama-is-no-better-than-Bush comrades can just lean over and kiss my working-class Left-of-Lenin ass right where the sun don't shine. Grow up, you contemptible idiots.
The war is over. Really.
The war is over. Really.
Barack Hussein Obama has made good on his presidential campaign's primary promise and commitment. The number one reason he was elected president in 2008: stop the war in Iraq.

Don't know about you, but the invasion and occupation of Iraq to my thinking was a war crime. Pure and simple. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, et al. are all war criminals who need to be sent to the dockets in The Hague as soon as possible. And I believe that will happen. Call me an optimist. Call me crazy.

You see, Obama was catapulted out of the Iowa caucuses into first place in the nominating process over Hillary Rodham Clinton precisely because he embodied the party's center-left demands for an end to George W. Bush's illegal and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq. Democratic activists put Obama in a position to win the nomination. And when Clinton refused to apologize for her vote as a US senator authorizing the Bush aggression, and would not admit that she was an enabling pol in the gravest American war crime of our generation, Hillary got the heave-ho by rank and file Dems.

Democrats punished her and rewarded Obama with the nomination when the nation was finally ready and willing to stop the Republican neocon Bush-Cheney doctrine of shock and awe, blood and fire, terror and torture.

So in light of this seminal accomplishment of American public opinion, yes it does still matter, I don't understand why everyone on the left, many in the center, and even a few on the right are not dancing in the aisles and kissing strange men and women, children and seniors, rats and cats and big red dogs in broad daylight on the teeming glorious holiday streets of Times Square.

Hey people (rapping my knuckles on your collective foreheads) the WAR IS OVER ! !

Sorry folks, but that does still mean something, especially in these faux-cynical times. Do you actually believe that John McCain, or any Republican, would have ended the occupation by now? Ron Paul doesn't count.

By far the most important and divisive American foreign action since Vietnam - representing the most profound moral and political questions of our time - has been brought to a close. But no one is cheering, and certainly very few people, even folks who should know better, are giving Obama any credit.

Sorry, but President Barack Hussein Obama gets my everlasting praise and certainly my vote for re-election next year. And all my holier-than-thou, Obama-is-no-better-than-Bush comrades can just lean over and kiss my working-class Left-of-Lenin ass right where the sun don't shine. Grow up, you contemptible idiots.

The president didn't say he'd make it right, he didn't say he could repair the damage or heal the wounds or somehow make it all worthwhile and justified. He simply said he'd end the war. And he did.

The last time my elected representatives ended a war was the Democratic congress back in the early '70's when they finally cut military funding for the Vietnam war crimes. Barack Obama just did essentially the same thing, on his own, backed by those American people who still have a sense of shame and justice. We said "Stop these crimes!" And the man who would be president listened. And he acted.

But that is apparently not good enough for too many of my fellow contemptible American idiots. Ah well, maybe you'll all grow up a bit by the time they require you to buy affordable health insurance. Now there's a real crime.
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Lawrence J. Maushard is a journalist and author living in Portland, Oregon. More of his work at www.maushard.com or just google his name.

hmm 18.Dec.2011 12:20

Jason

The war is not over... It is ongoing, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Iran, and in other countries too... Obama is vile murderous lying scum who claims the right to assassinate US citizens without any due process. A dictatorial claim even Bush did not make.

3 peas in a pod 18.Dec.2011 14:52

Mary Q. Contrary

You who allied yourselves with this dimwit now should understand the arguments we made here:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/10/411225.shtml

Don't trust anyone associated with the Democrat Party.

What you represent is not only what you do and what you say, but whom you're allied with.

Bigots, hypocrites and posers need not apply.

Drek 18.Dec.2011 18:46

Kevin

Pure distilled drek, as presented by maushard.

Troops replaced by mercenaries 18.Dec.2011 21:42

tm

Five thousand mercenaries in the Grand Occupation Palace ("embassy") now replace "our troops." What's the difference?--the ability to lie that the war is over.

world militarization apparently doesn't matter to maushard and his allies 19.Dec.2011 16:09

notchomsky

Right now, the United States is militarily engaged in one form or another in almost a hundred countries, including bases, special forces operations, support for domestic military and security forces. This is a global program of world militarization, essentially tracing back to Obama headquarters.

Those who say that this doesn't matter are either dingbats or willing collaborators. History has seen your likes before.


I'm just an idiot... 20.Dec.2011 14:53

Shaker

So why should I post my name on a site that you already know will focus on such things and use them to their advantage. Dick Cheney is proud of his name, too, and proud of the things he's done. I guess you feel that's admirable? Besides, if those who watch this site such as the police or (don't you just love the name--fascists are notoriously unimaginative) Homeland Security they'll use the powers given them by the degradation of our rights that your man, the President, seems to support to get it. Then all you do is post links to more of you own shit to support what? The simple fact that you dismiss everyone as cowards? Call them idiots? Dismiss all that's happened that could have been vetoed or at least open to some debate?

Admit it. What you've written here is simply inconsequential when considered with just about all the actions of this President. Be a bit more discriminating and less vindictive, and you might grow up to be a real journalist.