Obama's Mission Accomplished moment

Its a convienent grammatical lie to state that combat ended in Iraq. The Pentagon will state that as fact. Its nothing more than a cynical political move by Obama's PR presidency.

Good for the AP to not go along with this lie. Until PolitiFact.com's Angie Drobnic Holan retracts its Obameter that states this as a campaign promise Obama has kept, they have no credibility.

HuffPost banner, with huge photo of troops saluting as a flag-draped casket passes, “'LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE' : U.S. Forces Remaining In Iraq Resent Being Labeled 'Non-Combat' Troops” - links to Reuters: “On September 7, two U.S. soldiers were killed and nine wounded when an Iraqi soldier opened fire on them at an Iraqi commando base. The hype around the change of mission, which allowed President Barack Obama to say he was fulfilling a pledge to start ending the unpopular war, set off complaints among some soldiers left behind who were no longer viewed as combat troops. U.S. military convoys are still shot at and bombed, and bases are mortared, despite a change in the name of the U.S. mission from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn.” http://bit.ly/daetGZ

--AP refuses to go along, posting a Sept. 3 “Memo to AP staff from Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production Tom Kent regarding Iraq conflict”: “To begin with, combat in Iraq is not over, and we should not uncritically repeat suggestions that it is, even if they come from senior officials. The situation on the ground in Iraq is no different today than it has been for some months.” http://bit.ly/a1Iz24

 

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Yes, kudos to the AP -- hopefully others will follow their lead.

I remember Bowers making this point in the primaries, starting in late 2007.  They all wanted to pretend they'd "end the war" when that was obviously not what they were talking about.  Now it's not just being talked about, and such a deception can only come back to bite.  (I think your title is quite apt in that regard.)

by bruorton 2010-09-14 12:12PM | 0 recs
Obama over promised but

But so do a lot of candidates.  Its part of politics.

 

Really, who really believed that we could bring all the troops home?   We'll have troops there 10 years from now.  

Casualties went down, offensive operations came to a close.  

I find it ironic that is Clinton supporters like myself who said all during the primaries that Obama supporters were starry eyed dreamers, and that Obama was setting himself up with them when he didn't close gitmo, legalize gay marriage end all wars, cure hunger ... all in the first 100 days ... that are now pulling for Obama the most, and offering the most support / defense.

Liberals?   Where are they?   Peeing and moaning about nosense.

It is time for a real gut check on this side and for people to ask how much power they want to hand  back to a Republican party that is way farthur to the right today than it was under Bush / Delay, etc.

It hasn't beenn 4 years and we are already back to where the left was in 2000 ... peeing and whining and handing an elections to Republicans.  Remember there wasn't a "dimes worth of difference" between Gore and Bush.   Reminder all those on the left that said that ... and stayed home or voted Green?

Liberals better vote.   If not they are worthless.

by RichardFlatts 2010-09-14 05:29PM | 0 recs

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