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July 8, 2008

War: Iraq to America, “Get Out!” America to Iraq, “Hell No, We Won’t Go!”

  Sometimes the best way to be useful is to get out of somebody’s way. Now that Iraq is standing up and asserting its power as a democratic government (isn’t that’s what the Bush Administration wanted?) and wants America out of its country, the Bush administration is now chanting, Hell No, We Won’t Go”. 

I guess now that it looks like Iraq’s oil industry is getting back on its feet America wants to stay.

This also reminds me of The Amityville Horror movie (1979).  The film was based on the allegedly true story of the luckless Lutz family, who moved lock, stock, and barrel into a new home, only to find that it is possessed by the demonic spirits of its previous owners and despite plagues oozing from virtually every household fixture the Lutz’s wouldn’t  leave.   I am saying to the Bush administration, what everyone who watched the Amityville Horror movie said, “For God’s sake, GET OUT!”

To add another component to this situation, in 2004 at the Council of Foreign Relations, John McCain was asked:

Question: “What would or should we do if, in the post-June 30th period, a so-called sovereign Iraqi government asks us to leave, even if we are unhappy about the security situation there?”

McCain’s Answer: “Well, if that scenario evolves then I think it’s obvious that we would have to leave because — if it was an elected government of Iraq, and we’ve been asked to leave other places in the world. If it were an extremist government then I think we would have other challenges, but I don’t see how we could stay when our whole emphasis and policy has been based on turning the Iraqi government over to the Iraqi people.

So, I wonder what will John McCain say now that that scenario has evolved – will he support the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq?  Will he help to bring our troops home?!  

Today the Bush Administration rejected a demand from Iraq for a specific date for pullout of US-led foreign troops from the country, saying any withdrawal will be based on conditions on the ground.

“The US government and the government of Iraq are in agreement that we, the US government, we want to withdraw, we will withdraw. However, that decision will be conditions-based,” State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said.

Iraq said on Tuesday it will reject any security pact with the United States unless it sets a date for the pullout of US-led troops.

“We will not accept any memorandum of understanding if it does not give a specific date for a complete withdrawal of foreign troops,” national security advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie told reporters in the holy city of Najaf.

The controversial demand from Baghdad’s Shiite-led government underlines Iraq’s new hardened stand in complex negotiations aimed at striking a security deal with Washington.

And the ghosts of past wars shout, “Get out! GET OUT!”




  1. It does make you wonder how the Republicans will respond. Will McCain stick to his word and support it, or will he want to stay in and try to use it as a campaign tool.

    Personally I’m thrilled the Iraqi government is finally saying this. Gives us all some hope.

    Comment by Bruce — July 8, 2008 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  2. Bring our soldiers home!!!

    It’s going to be interesting to see what McCain does.

    Comment by Paulette — July 8, 2008 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  3. Thought you’d be interested if you haven’t seen this: NY Times reporting how McCain is dismissing Iraq’s notion of withdrawl timetable. (And how McCain also said maybe our exporting cigarettes to Iranians will kill them. Then clarified it as a joke. Guess he didn’t think it was so hot to kill innocent Iranian citizens -many of whom hope for a free society. McCain and Bush have such little regard for human life).


    Comment by Bruce — July 8, 2008 @ 11:45 pm | Reply

  4. McCain is a first class nincompoop! What an azz – he shouldn’t be joking about anyone dying because of cigarettes (I hope American smokers are offended)! He must be peeing himself right now trying to figure out how to call the Iraqi government terrorists because they want American troops out of their country! McCain doesn’t have even one diplomatic bone in his body. Thanks Bruce!!!

    Comment by Paulette — July 9, 2008 @ 9:48 am | Reply

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