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.
If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan, over the past ten months, we would see ourselves as people who have collaborated with and paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians who meant us no harm.
Two reporters, Jerome Starkey (the Times UK), and David Lindorff, (CounterPunch), have persistently drawn attention to U.S. war crimes committed in Afghanistan. Makers of the film “Rethinking Afghanistan” have steadily provided updates about the suffering endured by Afghan civilians. Here is a short list of atrocities that have occurred in the months since General McChrystal assumed his post in Afghanistan.
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,