The war is over!

Breaking News

Sorry lunalava and wixxy, I don’t mean to drown out your posts, but news.com has just reported that Obama has announced a withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.  They report that:

Mr Obama’s statement ended months of wrangling over whether the US would  maintain a force in Iraq beyond 2011.

Mr Obama spoke of a promise kept,  a new day for a self-reliant Iraq, and a focus on building up the economy of the  United States instead of a land far away.

“I can report that as promised,  the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year,” Mr Obama  said.

“After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be  over.”

This story appeared under more important stories, such as Lindsay Lohan’s volunteer work at a soup kitchen.

31 comments on “The war is over!

  1. Haetening news indeed Migs. I for one hope that the sight of troops returning home will give Obama a much needed boost in the polls..

    I shudder to think what life would be like if the Reupblicans get in.

    Personally I think Obama has been the greatest US President in my living memory.

  2. The story says that 4400 US has troops have been killed during the war. I wonder what the body count is for the other side?

    More importantly, what’s the body count of the slain innocent civilians.

  3. “Who’s Lindsay Lohan?”

    She’s news.com’s pin-up girl. She often shares top billing with their pin-up boy, Tony somebody.

    Apparently he met the Queen. They talked for hours about the Stolen Generation. Her ancestors have a proud history of genocide.

  4. “Her ancestors have a proud history of genocide.”

    Indeed they do. Nazi bastards!

    At least Harry was showing a degree of transparancy when he fronted up to that party in a Nazi uniform..

  5. This has just topped Lindsay Lohan as a major news story.

    SIXTEEN people found in an asylum vessel off Australia – the second to arrive since Labor scrapped the Malaysia deal.

  6. Min

    I think it has something to do with Lyndsay serving soup to ex soldiers, because now that they are coming home and they have no jobs. I suppose the soup kitchens are yet another Halliburton enterprise.

  7. Miglo

    Boats, refugees and a campaign slogan for the nonstop campaign.

    We also learned to take delivery and responsibility for our War Dead.

  8. Min the furphy about the invasion of Iraq was that the US needed the oil, they could have bought as much as they wanted at world market price.
    The real reason was that Israel threatened to take unilateral military action against Saddam Hussein. This would have caused the middle east to erupt so the US did the dirty work.
    Howard decided to send our military to assist the invasion thus we joined Nazi Germany on the infamous list of countries who act to invade another country.
    The real shock and awe was that Bush and Howard will never be tried as war criminals.

  9. But not the responsibilty for the deaths of innocent people, so it seems.

    We had arseholes like Andrew Bolt screaming that Gillard had blood on her hand for the deaths of those poor souls off Christmas Island, yet Howard had nothing to do with the deaths of a couple of hundred thousand Iraqi civilians,.

    Good ol’ johnny. Champion of the free world.

  10. Heavens Migs. Here is a challenge for you. A topic about the war in Iraq and why are we sitting here in October 2011 and it’s no longer important.

  11. This is supposed to be what? I’m still recovering from the fact that you ate porridge for lunch – and that Reb ticked me off for playing ’30’s Bing Crosby.

    Apart from that, situation normal :mrgreen:

  12. Migs..absolutely, all that we do here at the Café is talk about Craig Thompson and play Bing Crosby music. That’s when we’re not busy deleting every 2nd comment.

    Meanwhile back at the ranch..

  13. Back to the thread..

    Iraqi PM: US Withdrawal Triggered by Immunity Issue
    http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Iraqi-PM-US-Withdrawal-Triggered-by-Immunity-Issue-132374253.html

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the U.S. decision to withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of the year came after the Iraqi government refused to guarantee legal immunity for U.S. service members in Iraq.

    Maliki spoke to reporters Saturday, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama announced the withdrawal. The United States had asked for immunity for a small group of U.S. troops to remain in Iraq to help with training and counter influence of neighboring Iran.

  14. On Migs’ topic…and from: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-22/iraqis-voice-happiness-over-us-troop-withdrawal/3595412

    Mohammed Abdullah Hammo, a former officer in the Iraqi army who now lives in the main northern city of Mosul said: “The withdrawal is a positive step, but is Iraq able to take over the security mission and protect its soil from Al Qaeda attacks and foreign aggression?

    “I think the withdrawal decision was taken quickly without taking into consideration external threats. We will be an easy target for neighbouring countries and the sectarian war might return.”

    So where will George Bush’s War on Terror have got the Iraqi people..with some trepidation…I have a feeling that Mohammed Abdullah Hammo might be correct.

  15. Min, I have a feeling that Mohammed Abdullah Hammo might be correct.

    If there are no US troops to back up the Iraqi Army there is every chance of al Qaeda attacks and foreign aggression.

    Iraq is between a rock and a hard place.

    Re George Bush
    Thanks to No Place For Sheep for their link.

    Did Bush claim God told him to invade Iraq? Yes, he did.
    http://noplaceforsheep.com/2011/10/03/did-bush-claim-god-told-him-to-invade-iraq-yes-he-did/

    On Q&A tonight, News Limited journalist Greg Sheridan insisted, and insisted, and insisted again that George Bush did not claim that God had told him to invade Iraq.

    But the BBC, The Independent, The Guardian, The Age, and The Washington Post said this in October 2005:

    (In June 2003)…the former Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath says Mr Bush told him and Mahmoud Abbas, former prime minister and now Palestinian President: “I’m driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, ‘George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.’ And I did, and then God would tell me, ‘George go and end the tyranny in Iraq,’ and I did.”

    And “now again”, Mr Bush is quoted as telling the two, “I feel God’s words coming to me: ‘Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.’ And by God, I’m gonna do it.”

  16. Min, from your ABC link

    Abdul Sattar Jabbar, who works at a library in the centre of Baghdad, said: “There is no law to keep life organised – the situation is not suitable at all for this withdrawal.

    “Iraqi forces are not qualified and not able to control the situation in the country.”

    Mohammed Abdullah Hammo, a former officer in the Iraqi army who now lives in the main northern city of Mosul said: “The withdrawal is a positive step, but is Iraq able to take over the security mission and protect its soil from Al Qaeda attacks and foreign aggression?

    “I think the withdrawal decision was taken quickly without taking into consideration external threats. We will be an easy target for neighbouring countries and the sectarian war might return.

  17. Hillary Clinton issues veiled warning to Iran over US troop withdrawal from Iraq

    Hillary Clinton echoes Obama on regional defence
    Urged Iraq’s neighbours to be “constructive”
    US will still have presence in region despite withdrawal

    http://www.news.com.au/world/hillary-clinton-issues-veiled-warning-to-iran-over-us-troop-withdrawal-from-iraq/story-e6frfkyi-1226174224854

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has implicitly warned Iran not to interfere in Iraq after the decision to pull all American troops out of the war-racked state by the end of the year.

    Ms Clinton, on a visit to Tajikistan, echoed President Barack Obama’s comments that the US would continue to work with Iraq despite a complete military withdrawal, but urged neighbouring states to be similarly constructive.

    “To countries in the region, especially Iraq’s neighbours, we want to emphasise that America will stand with our allies and friends, including Iraq, in defence of our common security and interests,” she said.

    The US would continue to have a presence in the region, which “should be free from outside interference to continue on a pathway to democracy,” she added, alluding to US arch-foe Iran.

    Washington has frequently accused Shiite militant groups in Iran of committing attacks in Iraq, and US officials routinely criticise Tehran for interfering in the affairs of Baghdad’s Shiite-led Government.

    and the wash-up….

    Mr Obama’s order for all US soldiers to leave Iraq by December 31 will end a divisive and bloody war that cost the lives of more than 4400 American troops, tens of thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of billions of dollars.

    Halliburton and Blackwater would have to be among the main beneficiaries of the billions of dollars spent.

  18. Terry, I removed it due to legal reasons. It appears there are people out there who found it objectionable and unflattering to Sophie Mirabella.

    It was a great pity.

  19. I am sure the lady will continue to bring discredit to herself

    She does not need any assistance from us.

  20. objectionable and unflattering, not sophie, but things raised in the press.
    gee whizz. i had heard someone is a dab hand at the i will sue the pants off you.
    tell dolt, someone, free speech is once again under attack.

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