No, we're not just talking about the reports that 3,000 US troops entered Iraq this month from Kuwait (see last week's "Editorial: The superflous American media"). We're mainly talking about what gives them authority to do that, the Memorandum of Understanding For Defense Cooperation Between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Iraq and the Department of Defense of the United States of America which was signed December 6th.
The memorandum calls for joint-patrols. That was a bit hard for some to understand. Monday's "Iraq Snapshot" covered it and the response to that was a sort of mass denial leading C.I. to offer, "But for those idiots who can't quite grasp reality, my question would be where, if not in Iraq, would you expect these joint-exercises to take place? Paris? Are joint teams of US and Iraqi service members going to patrol the Champs Elysees?" The matter was addressed again in the Tuesday snapshot.
Hopefully, those who were shocked have gotten over their disbelief.
Barack always wanted US troops in Iraq. He made that clear when speaking to The New York Times in 2007. When the paper bungled their report on that, we grabbed the transcript of the interview and re-wrote it as "NYT: 'Barack Obama Will Keep Troops In Iraq'" to emphasize the main point.
Counter-terrorism operations was bandied about in that 2007 interview.
No surprise, the memorandum notes that they will be engaging in joint counter-terrorism operations.
There really are no surprises here but to dispense with a few lies that have been tossed around in the last days, this is not about State Department contractors. This is not an agreement with the US State Department. This agreement was signed by the US Defense Department.
This is about US service members. Did the White House not think things through?
They thought it through enough to plan for what to do in the case of US service members' deaths.
The only shocking thing about the memorandum is how it has been greeted with silence. Don't expect The Nation magazine or Democracy Now! to break from their 'important' whoring for Barack to tell you about the memorandum. But we've already included the link. The Pentagon published the memorandum.
And when you grasp how the alphabets (MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, etc.) refused to tell you about the memorandum, grasp that the Pentagon made no effort to keep this quiet. December 6th, they released the following:
The only thing wrong in the above is the link to view the memorandum:
Use the link and realize that the White House got their way, a legal agreement to send more US troops back into Iraq. Also grasp that the press 'forgot' to inform you of this development.