Saturday, December 13th, 2008 | Author:

This from the Wall Street Journal [emphasis added]:

BALAD, IRAQ — The top American commander in Iraq said that U.S. forces will remain in dozens of small bases inside Iraq’s cities despite language in a recently-signed security pact which appears to require an American withdrawal from Iraqi urban areas by next summer.

Gen. Raymond Odierno told reporters here that the U.S. troops assigned to “joint security stations” inside Iraqi cities like Baghdad would remain in the outposts indefinitely. The bases, which are a key part of the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy, house thousands of American personnel across the country. There are well over a dozen such outposts in Baghdad alone.

Gen. Odierno, who assumed command in September, explained that the withdrawal provision in the security pact applied only to combat personnel. The U.S. forces assigned to the joint security stations mentor and fight alongside Iraqi troops, so American commanders classify them as training personnel and don’t consider them to be covered by the withdrawal language, he said.

Is there any point in even listening to the lies anymore? What would happen if, en masse, the media simply stopped being mouthpieces for the government, and just ignored them all? At least we wouldn’t get caught in so many blatant lies.

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful. Edward R. Murrow


The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. Groucho Marx

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