When first we practice to deceive

This year has been quite a roller coaster ride for the Bush administration and Congress, given the intense laser-like focus on the military operations in Iraq. The public cries of "bring the troops home" have been met time and again with a compendium of comrades seeking to convince the public to change its mind. A parade of prognosticators &

the president, Congress, former government leaders, military commanders and even puppet leaders in Iraq &

have offered a spectrum of ideas and approaches to the U.S. operations in Iraq. Yet, in the end, they all amount to the same thing &

the U.S. must never leave the Middle East.

For certain, they all disagree with the overwhelming response from the American people that calls for bringing all of the U.S. military home from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately.

Interestingly enough, the American people agree with the Iraqi people. Media polls taken in the immediate aftermath of the 2003 invasion revealed that more than 2/3 of the Iraqi people consider the U.S. an invading force and wanted us out of their country. That sentiment has never changed, as U.S. troops have fought and killed both Sunni and Shiites.

Subsequently, the U.S. government has contracted deals with both Sunni and Shiite powers in an effort to gain enough support for its chosen puppets in the Iraqi government. So much for the deceptive monikers, Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, Operation Iraqi Freedom of 2003 and the most recent Operation Enduring Freedom. It seems quite apparent the only thing the Iraqi people want is freedom from U.S. interference.

Unfortunately, the Iraqi people sit in raucous silence as the microphone is handed to America's puppet, Nouri Al-Maliki, who no more represents the sentiments of the masses of Iraqi peoples than our president Bush represents the sentiments of the overwhelming masses of American peoples. We, too, can only cry out in desperation and demonstrate our displeasure at the delirious decisions that meet with our disapproval.

In September, the power of the executive branch will be proven yet again, as the military is expected to issue another report on the progress made in Iraq. Undoubtedly, the military, under control of its Commander-in-Chief, is not likely to render a report that undermines its leader. Rather, it will offer more of the same rhetoric in an attempt to shore up the deceptive demands of this administration, which have constantly evolved since well before the goal was related to finding nuclear weapons.

We can expect the coming report to be similar to the paper issued by the Department of Defense regarding the death of Pat Tillman. That web of deceit was only uncovered due to the prominence of Tillman and the resources of an unforgiving family that sought the truth. The deceptions behind domestic spying, secret prisons, torture chambers, kidnappings, murders and an array of other unimaginable acts that transform the picture of America into a monstrous image, may not be uncovered as quickly.

Meanwhile, here comes another report that will use a lot of words to simply say the U.S. military will never leave the Middle East, regardless of who is president. Congress will not exercise its power to declare an end to the war and bring the troops home, thus offering its willing support, despite its own criticisms of the Bush administration. It is a complicit Congress that sacrifices the sons and daughters of America in an effort to maintain support of a web of deceit that plays upon the irrational fears of the public.

Let's not waste anymore time with official deceptive statements. The president has ignored the plethora of reports from the American people. He has asked for trust and patience, neither of which he deserves. He is our servant, not the other way around. It is time to end the deceptive practices that require our silent approval of the deaths of Americans and Iraqis. It is time to remove our troops from the Middle East and the Bush administration from office. We don't need to wait for a progress report to explain failure.


is the author of, "The WHOLE Truth about the U.S. War on Terror: Answers to every question you never knew to ask"

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