The truth is being revealed about the war in Iraq. A new military report reveals that Bush expects to still have a large U.S. military presence in the summer of 2009. Even then, it is not known if the Iraqis will be able to take over their own defense of the current puppet government.
The summer of 2009 is the optimistic view in the military report. It could take much longer. It looks like Bush really is planning a never-ending war! I guess Halliburton and its subsidiaries haven't made enough money yet off their no-bid contracts, and the big oil companies haven't finished putting in place their theft of Iraqi oil reserves.
Halliburton and the oil companies are the only ones who will benefit from extending the war. The Iraqi people won't, and the American people won't.
Some say that it would be bad for the Iraqi people if we were to leave. But the fact is that we're currently doing nothing to protect the Iraqi people. Our soldiers are having a hard enough time protecting themselves. Extending the war just means that more Iraqis and Americans will die before Iraq can work their way to a settlement of the issues (which they can only do after we leave and our puppet government is replaced).
We have already lost 3,637 U.S. soldiers in the Iraqi war, and are currently averaging the death of 3 U.S. soldiers each day. Spending another two years in Iraq means the U.S. death toll would approach, if not pass 6,000 deaths. It really seems like Bush doesn't care how many Americans die as long as his buddies at Halliburton and big oil get their windfall profits.
If we cannot withdraw our soldiers now (as we should), at least let us elect a president who will remove ALL of our troops. We should not leave a single American soldier in Iraq. Some of the Democratic candidates would do this (Richardson, Kucinich, Gravel, Edwards). But there are some who want to leave some soldiers there indefinitely (Clinton, Obama). We must make it clear to these candidates that this is unacceptable.
ALL American soldiers should be brought home, and it should be done as soon as possible.