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No, the Iraq War Is NOT Over

The fact that the Iraq AUMF remains on the books matters. It matters because no matter how many times we wax eloquent about Iraqis controlling their own destiny, Nuri al-Maliki knows that little prevents Obama from bringing in troops again-or dropping drones in his country.
No, the Iraq War Is NOT Over

Posted on December 15, 2011 by emptywheel

The NYT, which played a key propaganda role in getting us into the Iraq war, has a 1000-word article telling us the Iraq war has officially been declared over.

And while it is true that the Administration had a campaign event dog and pony show yesterday declaring the war over, it is not.

After all, Rand Paul tried to formally, legally end the Iraq war last month. And 67 Senators refused to do so.

The fact that the Iraq AUMF remains on the books matters. It matters because no matter how many times we wax eloquent about Iraqis controlling their own destiny, Nuri al-Maliki knows that little prevents Obama from bringing in troops again-or dropping drones in his country. Maybe that's why Maliki is doing unfathomable things like laying a wreath at the military cemetery of the country that has occupied and ravaged his country for 8 years.

And, as I keep noting, the Iraq AUMF serves another purpose. That AUMF's general language on "terrorism" has been used to authorize the use of "war powers" against people the Executive Branch claims are terrorists who have nothing to do with al Qaeda. The Iraq AUMF has been interpreted by the Executive Branch to authorize a war against all so-called terrorists, not just the terrorists who hit us on 9/11. And based on that argument, it was used to authorize the wiretapping of American citizens in the US.

Credulous journalists may want to accept the Administration's propaganda about the Iraq war ending. But until we take the expanded powers given to the President pursuant to a vile propaganda campaign away from him, the Iraq war is not over. And Obama should not be able to use it as a campaign line until he actually gives up those powers.

 http://www.emptywheel.net/2011/12/15/no-the-iraq-war-is-not-over/

... and 23.Dec.2011 18:04

Den Mark, Vancouver WA

As i stated in an earlier o.p., the Iraq "war" won't ever be over for Iraq. I don't see how Iraqis can ever recover.

republicans & democrats can go to hell.

they won't t recover 23.Dec.2011 19:58

Shaker

Maybe physically, but they'll be so scarred, like Iran, for the crimes that US did to them, their people, that it will fester into their culture, and all that's created is more extremists to keep it all going. And it's they who are expected to apologize for their extremism to become a 'responsible' member of the global community, huh?

anok 24.Dec.2011 05:40

anon

Iraq is still a totalitarian shit hole. Nuri al-Maliki runs the country in much the same fashion of brutal repression as Hussein did.

Another interesting fact that gets lost in the quagmire of rhetoric, is that Al-Queda in Iraq, at least from what I can gather, is now essentially operating the governments security forces. Because it's better to be killing unarmed civilians protesting to get the damn water turned on instead of American servicemen.