Tuesday, July 12, 2005

That's not a train coming at us. Really, its not. 

By now I’m sure most readers have heard about the “Downing Street Memo” wherein it was pointed out that the U.S. wanted to invade Iraq for its own reasons and was dummying up intelligence about W.M.D. to justify it. As if anyone needed a memo to know that.

Apparently seeing the effect the “Downing Street Memo” had, the British and U.S. governments “leaked” another memo that supposedly shows that the troops in Iraq will be withdrawn in the not too distant future. Here is what was reported in the Christian Science Monitor:

A secret leaked memo written form British Prime Minister Tony Blair by his Defense Secretary John Reid says that British and US troops have drawn up plans to withdraw the majority of their troops by the middle of next year.

The memo, first reported on by the Mail on Sunday , is marked 'Secret — UK Eyes Only,' and says "emerging US plans assume that 14 out of 18 provinces could be handed over to Iraqi control by early 2006." This would allow a reduction in overall US-led forces in Iraq to 66,000 troops. The troop level in Iraq is currently 160,000, including 138,000 American troops.

In other words forget about all those negative press reports you hear coming out of Iraq, in reality things are going so well there that the U.S. and Britian will be able to pull out soon. This is not the first time we have heard this – its at least the third or fourth time I can remember hearing it. And lest we forget, the original predictions were that the troops could start being withdrawn as soon as Saddam was toppled and the war wouldn’t cost anything because Iraqi oil revenue would pay for the whole thing. Well, two years and two hundred billion dollars later here we are.

The U.S. and British government in order to maintain morale want their populations to believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. But I think if you listen carefully you can hear the distinctive sounds of an oncoming train.


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