LAKE JACKSON, Texas–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Congressman Ron Paul today released the following statement on President Obama’s speech from the Oval Office last night:
“The President’s announcement that all U.S. combat troops have left Iraq is no more believable than the ‘Mission Accomplished’ declaration was in 2003.
“Once again, we are being told the mission has been accomplished and our brave men and women are coming back home. Though the people are hopeful they remain skeptical, and rightfully so.
“The biggest problem is that success in Iraq is undefinable since the mission was never defined. The reasons given for the invasion were based on misinformation. Now, the war has cost us hundreds of billions of dollars and this has contributed significantly to our economic woes.
WikiLeaks and their defenders have been under fire for “not supporting the troops,” by releasing the video now titled “Collateral Murder.”The video shows American snipers killing Iraqis on the ground, including children and journalists. The Pentagon and others have charged the the video is “out of context.”How about this for context:Two soldiers from Bravo Company 2-16, the company depicted in the video, have written an open letter of apology to the Iraqis who were injured or lost loved ones during the attack they say that this sort of thing is a regular occurrence in this war.
Whereas the 1,000th American soldier has fallen in February 2010, the ninth year of the Afghanistan War,
Whereas the precious lives of 5,378 American soldiers killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars are irreplaceable,
Whereas the murder of nearly 3,000 civilians on September 11, 2001, was a heinous terrorist act,
Whereas nothing can remove the pain and anguish of over 8,000 American families these deaths have maimed, no matter how many terrorists and Al-Qaeda members are killed,
Whereas the deaths of countless innocent Iraqi, Afghan, and Pakistani civilians, often referred to as “collateral damage,” can only cause more aggression and future blowback on American soldiers and civilians,
International arrest warrants have been requested for George W. Bush, Richard (Dick) Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleeza Rice and Alberto Gonzales at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands.