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Iraq War: Reaffirmation or the End of US Exceptionalism?


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: abuse, americans, bushadministration, congress, corruption, cover-up, dishonesty, economy, Govtfearmongering, lies, media, military, politics, propaganda, war )

Kit
- 933 days ago - truth-out.org
In the United States, the most significant event of 2011 hands down should have been the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But for most Americans, the end of this illegal and immoral war and occupation hardly registers a ripple.



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Joe Shults (37)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 4:07 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 6:57 pm
What I say is that we can't afford to keep fighting other people's wars when many of our people, including children, are starving in the streets.

There's a lot more homelessness these days.

We need to stay at home and count our nickles and our dimes.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 7:02 pm

Looks like we are cooking up a war with Iran.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 8:26 pm
My husband is a decorated Viet Nam war veteran who, like most Viet Nam veterans, came home to a country that treated him like a criminal. He did not volunteer to go. He did not support the cause. He went because he was drafted. There were no ticker-tape parades when the war ended, and I don't recall any "support our troops" campaigns going on for the soldiers who were serving. President Reagan stopped mu husband's disability benefits shortly after he started receiving them. I was expecting someone to retrieve both of his purple hearts.

I'm not at all surprised, as the article states, that "In the United States, the most significant event of 2011 hands down should have been the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But for most Americans, the end of this illegal and immoral war and occupation hardly registers a ripple. The reason: the continued belief in American exceptionalism."

The article goes on to state: "If the World Court were to affirm that there is no statute of limitations for starting illegal wars and indict those that engineered the Iraq War (The Bush-Cheney cabinet, those who made off with book deals as opposed to trials at the Hague), perhaps the world can begin to have a conversation about justice and “American exceptionalism. It might even prevent further preemptive wars." So why isn't this being done? There are several war criminals in this particular scenario. Perhaps if they were charged with their crimes, the notion of "American exceptionalism" would be questioned, as it should be, and it might just provide some closure for the victims, and not just the American victims, of a senseless war.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 8:45 pm

Americans are exceptionally arrogant. The wars are hell for all of us, with the exception of those who profit from war.
We take except to being called arrogant, or war mongers, yet that is what we have become. We elect those who respond to highest dollar bidding and expect things to be different? That is the kind of exceptionalism that needs an exceptional education - one more thing lacking in America - knowledge.

Just how much good are bumper stickers, when we learned nothing from Iraq, continue on in Afghanistan, are trying to find our way into a war with Iran? We have already forgotten the terrible lessons of Vietnam. We are trying like hell to forget Iraq, and continue to support our Professional Army. I prefer the draft with no exceptions - in fact perhaps each and every member of Congress should be drafted, and not as officers but as the cannon fodder they so callously send off to do their bidding.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 4:19 pm
I think most Americans are just numb after almost ten years of lies, corruption and atrocities in Iraq to be grateful for a questional end to our military involvement in that country.
 

lee e. (114)
Monday January 2, 2012, 6:16 am
"Exceptionalism" indeed! A decade of disgrace - with the world's largest "diplomatic" compound left in Iraq - to be a perpetual reminder of American "exceptionalsm" - I too Kit - would have called for a draft after 9/11 - while it may be a horrendous road to take - it seems to monitor the actions of a wayward government that prefers to make a buck by illegal invasion and military investment! I believe that there would be far less apathy about the war had it been one of all American involvement - perhaps then we might have seen a little justice called on the administrations involved.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 4:14 pm
The reign of the dollar defies all ethics.
 
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