Obama ended costly war

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Without fanfare – without “Mission Accomplished” bands playing, but with solemn words – President Obama ended the nine-year war in Iraq as he had promised he would.

He ended a war that cost 4,500 American lives, 100,000 Iraqi civilian lives, $850 billion in costs – much borrowed from China – and thousands of soldiers wounded and thousands coming home with minds that will never be repaired.

This historic moment in American history will forever refute the Bush-Cheney concept of pre-emptive war, which was ill-conceived, ill-advised, ill-prepared-for and terribly costly without any clear results.

It must be remembered that we went to war to destroy weapons of mass destruction without secure knowledge of their existence. Some argued at the time that WMDs did not exist except in the minds of the defense contractors who saw dollar signs in their eyes and an oil-rich land to conquer. Despite the promise that the oil reserves in Iraq would pay for the war, we are now paying with our own economy and its sad consequences.

War is not an answer to employment or to production of goods; it is death and destruction. Yet today, the right wing of the Republican Party wants war with Iran. There are some who never learn a lesson and don’t deserve to be in power.

Kudos to our president, who with the United Nations and NATO has supported the Arab Spring uprisings without boots on the ground, and has proved again that the unilateral directives by Bush and Cheney to put boots on the ground left a failure of purpose and a fog of uncertainty.

Thank you, Mr. President, for uplifting families as they watch their sons and daughters come home. Thank you for your service to this country.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 12/26/11 - 12:18 am
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Yeah, Obama's the man. And oh

Yeah, Obama's the man.

And oh by the way, didn't Senator Obama promise and swear that he would have all...ALL, troops home by the end of 2009?

But you know what? I give Lowell credit for standing by his party's people in public. Behind the scenes, he may very well lash out about some Democrats. But here, he's cheerleader. Unlike the Columbia County Republican Party Chairman.

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Pu239 12/26/11 - 01:10 am
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From The NYT "Sectarian
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From The NYT "Sectarian violence and political turmoil in Iraq escalated within days of the United States military’s withdrawal, but officials said in interviews that President Obama had no intention of sending troops back into the country, even if it devolved into civil war."

I thought Greenbaum was going to quote Edwin Starr....

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 12/26/11 - 05:03 am
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When is our

When is our commander-in-chief going to pull us out of Afghanistan? Why did he have us meddle in Egypt and Libya?

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wribbs 12/26/11 - 06:42 am
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Chairman Obama pulled us out

Chairman Obama pulled us out of Iraq for one reason; to get votes.

If he thought getting reelected required training a herd of cows to fly fighter jets in there and drop bombs that's what our new strategy would be.

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david jennings 12/26/11 - 08:11 am
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wribbs beat me to it, dang.

wribbs beat me to it, dang.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/26/11 - 09:05 am
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Here we go again. Wow! Bush

Here we go again. Wow! Bush put this plan into action before leaving office, Obama simply executed the plan. As far as the violence in IRAQ, it was there before the war started, it was there during the entire war, and it will continue until the Iraqis decide to do something about it. This one is a no brainer. He did what was needed at a time when this country needed it most. The money saved will go a long ways in helping this country financial situation. We went in for the wrong reasons and in the end we have no gains to show for it. The pull out of Afghanistan with happen soon enough, trust me. END OF STORY.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/26/11 - 09:11 am
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As far as the war-on-terror

As far as the war-on-terror goes, Obama will go down as the most effective Commander-in-Chief, ever, period. Read More... http://michaelthanley.com/obama-our-most-effective-commander-in-chief-ever/

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seenitB4 12/26/11 - 09:14 am
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runningman....I don't guess

runningman....I don't guess you will be voting GOP ticket----:)

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/26/11 - 09:19 am
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Its not about voting a

Its not about voting a specific ticket, its about given credit were it is due. I can say the same about does saying otherwise regarding this issue.

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Riverman1 12/26/11 - 09:28 am
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Obama is more interested in

Obama is more interested in sending the "troops" to AZ and SC to enforce the states not arresting any illegals and preventing nonunion factories such as Boeing built in Charleston from opening.

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drivenslow 12/26/11 - 10:06 am
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nice try but actually bush
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nice try but actually bush ended the war the deals were signed to get our troops out of iraq per this date in 2008 BEFORE the messiah was even elected so obama had nothing to do with this at all he wanted to keep them there but he couldnt

skeptic griggsy
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skeptic griggsy 12/26/11 - 10:17 am
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Shrub made fun of his and
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Shrub made fun of his and Cheney's prevarication of WMD's with his looking around his office. Jerk! He prevaricated that he wanted Osama dead or alive and later said he didn't care! Pres. Brack Hussein Obama means business [ and he is good for business.].
Cheny-Shrub have publicly given evidence for their allowing torture Obama-Biden- Holder don't want to relive the past! No, it would be justice to prosecute those two guilty of torture, including renditions, and for violating FISA! Eh, Dr. Greenbaum?
I'm a mean-hearted liberal!

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avidreader 12/26/11 - 10:30 am
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I am not an Obama fan. I am

I am not an Obama fan. I am a fiscal conservative -- balance the checkbook-kind-of-guy. However, I am FINALLY impressed with something that B.O. has accomplished. Still, I will not support his run for a second term, but I must admit, his recent moral victory was a big one.

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55 F-100 12/26/11 - 10:44 am
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Yeah, he ended the "costly

Yeah, he ended the "costly war" without victory. He held back the reins on the true commanders of the military.......in other words, thanks for nothing.......the "end" was nothing more than an attempt at vote buying. Without a shadow of a doubt, this "leader" will be remembered as the only leader in the oval office who accomplished absolutely nothing positive in four years, and committed more errors than the bad news bears.

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JRC2024 12/26/11 - 11:07 am
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I am glad the troops are back

I am glad the troops are back home but I do think we should have pumped enough oil out of Iraq to pay what we spent plus the interest on the money.

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Willow Bailey 12/26/11 - 11:22 am
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@runningman, "Here we go

@runningman, "Here we go again. Wow! Bush put this plan into action before leaving office, Obama simply executed the plan."

Absolutely, so let's share the applause, please! Once again, we see no honesty and no transparency.

And yes, let's have some of that credit where it is due.

And add to it, some change that works for all of America. Vote Mr. Obama out in 2012.

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dichotomy 12/26/11 - 12:37 pm
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This was a Bush plan followed

This was a Bush plan followed through on by Obama. Let's hope both were right. I'm not so sure. With the radical shiites in Iran now free to expand their influence with the still shaky ruling shiite government in Iraq, we may have just guaranteed our next war. Of course, that will be after the civil war where the shiites exact their retribution on their sunni population. Regardless of the right or wrong of going there, I am afraid that our failure to leave a "maintenance" force in place will give us shades of Vietnam. Lives and money wasted by politicians and an American public with no stomach for finishing the job. I can't seem to shake this "close but no Oreo" feeling about the pullout. We are already learning our pullout reneged on our promise to protect the MEK after they surrendered their arms to us. So who else did our hurried pullout throw under the bus?

Way to go Lowell. I hope you are around to give Obama all of the credit if and when this turns out to be the wrong decision.

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Iwannakno 12/26/11 - 09:34 pm
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I think thanking him for his
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I think thanking him for his "service" is a slap in the face to all military personnel. Politicians serve only themselves. I am glad to see Obama keep a promise. Maybe he will quit acting "stupidly" and also stop playing the blame the other party card he so loves to play. To bad it has more to do with re-election than anything else. Greenbaum should write his LTEs in braille.

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madgerman 12/26/11 - 12:58 pm
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Some folks (who obviously
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Some folks (who obviously never served in the military) need to see exactly what the reason we left was and why we would never have left a small force there. The reason was Iraq would not sign a status of forces agreement and the lack of that document would have placed every serviceman or woman in danger of arrest and conviction by the Iraqi courts. That plus the cost of the war started by the Bushes is the reason we left. P.S. if I am not mistaken, Bush made no demands about repayments when he got us involved in this decade long war.

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specsta 12/26/11 - 01:15 pm
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Well said, Mr. Greenbaum.

Well said, Mr. Greenbaum.

This country, and the Iraqi citizens, may never truly know the full toll of destroyed lives from the lie about "WMDs" perpetuated by the Bush Administration. It is always amazing to me how politicians can find money, even borrow it, to blow up Third World folks' homes and rip their children to shreds with cluster bombs - yet there is no money to feed the hungry in our own country.

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bjphysics 12/26/11 - 01:17 pm
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"Mission Accomplished" “Thank

"Mission Accomplished"

“Thank you. Thank you all very much. Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans, major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” (APPLAUSE)

President George W. Bush, May 1, 2003, USS Abraham Lincoln

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Mission_Accomplished_speech

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RogerDavis 12/26/11 - 01:27 pm
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I'll give Obama credit for

I'll give Obama credit for removing soldiers from Iraq. But one thing done well doesn't excuse the MANY MANY things this guy and his minions have done poorly. He and his psuedo-fascist buddies must go next November if this country stands any chance whatsoever of surviving.

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bjphysics 12/26/11 - 02:11 pm
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Godwin’s Law proven again.

Godwin’s Law proven again.

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harley_52 12/26/11 - 02:23 pm
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There's an easy way to finish

There's an easy way to finish a war.

Quit.

That's all, just pick up your troops and go home.

Just out of curiosity....who was the last man to die for a cause his country didn't believe in?

Pay no attention to the goals of the war, the blood that's been spilled, the lives lost, the money spent, the families destroyed.....none of it.

Just pick up your troops and go home.

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carcraft 12/26/11 - 02:31 pm
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Yep- Obama ended the war in

Yep- Obama ended the war in Iraq like he promised, cut the deficit in half like he promised, has tried the Gitmo terrorist in New York like he promsed, balanced the budget like he promised, closed Gitmo like he promised, said he would be a one term President if he didn't turn the economy around like he promised, unemployment would not reach 8% if we passed the stimulus package like he promised, and his legislative success is the fourth greatest of any America President, if you don't believe me just ask Obama....

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harley_52 12/26/11 - 03:19 pm
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Excellent post, the

Excellent post, the donkeywhisperer. I'm sure you've sent several to refill their Kool aid glasses.

This notion that pre-emptive war is necessarily bad is a hard to deal with, but it's one that can get lots of people dead real fast. I'm sad to say that even some otherwise fine Conservatives have jumped on the same band wagon with Mr. Greenbaum and Ron Paul in adopting a kind of a laissez-faire toward these radical muslims who have pledged to kill us all. They seem to believe protecting ourselves from mass annihilation is somehow not appropriate even when your enemy has warned you what was coming and has given you every reason to believe him. It's worse than turning your other cheek, it's like giving the alligator your son after he's just eaten your daughter.

It's interesting to watch the Lowell Greenbaums of the world join forces with the Ron Paul supporters in attacking those who seek to protect us from our mortal enemies as those enemies scheme and arm themselves for the battles sure to come.

Those who still believe the "Arab Spring" will bring us closer to world peace aren't watching very carefully, or have their heads buried too deeply in the sand (or a place far closer to home).

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RunningMan 12/26/11 - 03:27 pm
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Anyone that thinks this was

Anyone that thinks this was done simply to get votes, probably thought there was a logically reason to invade IRAQ in the first place. Are nine years, if you have not achieved your objective, its probably time to come up with another one. I say, well done Mr. President, and well done the thousands of military personnel that deployed 3, 4, and 5 times in supported of this war. Its good to finally put this one behind us.

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harley_52 12/26/11 - 03:43 pm
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There definitely "was a

There definitely "was a logically reason to invade IRAQ in the first place." The The Senate approved the measure 77-23 and the House 296-133.

It's never good to put a losing war behind you and I doubt you'll find a single grieving family who will tell you they're glad we disgraced their loss by choosing to quit and slink home with our tails between our legs just to appease the democrat base.

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Cadence 12/26/11 - 04:36 pm
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Actually, they had a ceremony

Actually, they had a ceremony where they lowered the American flag and raised the Iraq flag and played some music and made some speeches. Not a big deal, but they did do more than give a few soft words. And, he was just following Bush's scheduled withdrawal. And, it was Obama who invaded Libya and killed their leader. I don't see a lot to be proud of with this President.

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allhans 12/26/11 - 04:39 pm
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Those who accuse the Bush

Those who accuse the Bush administration of lying in regard to WMDs should google Clinton Iraq 1998 and read comments by Carl Levin, Madeline Albright, Nancy Pelosi and several others insisting that Clinton stop Hussein from using Iraq's WMDs 2 years before Clinton left office. This covers the briefing Bush received after taking office.

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