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The discussion of the Iraq occupation may appear to have gone away as a major discussion point in the election but what is really happening in Iraq has not.

As I listen to the preliminary speeches at the GOP Convention tonight, I hear speaker after speaker talking about victory in Iraq, including the lie that Barak Obama does not acknowledge the impact of the "surge".

Well, just as these speakers to do not seem to have been briefed that Barak Obama has agreed just a few hours earlier today with Bill O’Reilly that "the surge" has made an unexpected contribution in reducing the level of hostilities, so also have they not heard Obama’s warning as a key corollary that there has not been any accompaniment of political stability.

And the White House has just confirmed that Barak Obama is right and the claims in the Convention hall are false

So fragile is the situation in Iraq that troop withdrawals now will probably not occur as planned.  From Associated Press a few hours ago comes the news:

President Bush's top defense advisers have recommended he maintain 15 combat brigades in Iraq until the end of the year contrary to expectations that the improved security in Iraq would allow for quicker cuts, The Associated Press has learned.
Military leaders told the AP that the closely held plan would send a small Marine contingent to Afghanistan in November to replace one of two Marine units expected to head home then.

If Bush follows the recommendations, he would delay any additional buildup in Afghanistan until early next year, when another brigade would be deployed there instead of to Iraq.

So as McCain puffs out his chest and he and his supporters choose today to re-raise the Iraq war as an issue in the election, their claims are based on a false statement of real progress.  We are being asked tio celebrate the poverty of the situation in which casualties are now currently down to two less deaths a day of American soldiers,  rather than bringing them all home out of harms way.

Will the GOP Convention not recognise the truth of Obama’s statement that the battleground with Al Qaeda has now moved to Afghanistan? And will they not recognise the threat that continues to the success in that theatre of war, evidenced by the tucked away paragraph in the AP report that says anticipated movement of much needed troops there will now have to be delayed as a consequence of the lack of sustainable progress in Iraq?

Democrats should not want Iraq to drift off the agenda. Americans are still dying and troops are still not coming home. Let McCain call attention to what is happening over there. The truth will hurt him. It is still hurting many American families.

And there are a lot more truths to come out about Iraq. Today, here in the UK, a new explosive chapter in the lies that underlay our going to war is about to unfold and it will have repercussions in the States:

The Government has been ordered to release more detail relating to the 'dodgy dossier' that may have exaggerated the case for the Iraq war.

The 'dodgy' dossier was published in September 2002

The ruling by the Information Commissioner follows a three-year battle by journalist Chris Ames to obtain drafts of the dossier, as well as comments made about them by officials and spy chiefs in the run-up to its publication in September 2002.

Allegations that the dossier was "sexed up" to make a stronger case for the war on Iraq were examined by the Hutton Inquiry into the death of Government scientist Dr David Kelly in 2003. Lord Hutton's inquiry dismissed the allegation.

Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has rejected the Government's argument that publishing comments about drafts of the dossier could jeopardise national security.

Mr Thomas said there was "a strong public interest in a degree of exposure of the circumstances of the dossier's production" in order to assess whether intelligence findings were manipulated to present an exaggerated case for military action......

Liberal Democrat Foreign affairs spokesman Edward Davey has welcomed the commissioner's ruling.

Mr Davey said: "Brown and Blair have been desperate to cover up the facts relating to the creation of the dodgy dossier.

"Not only should all these emails and memos be published, but we still need to have a full scale inquiry into the Iraq war. It’s time the Government stopped hiding the truth."

These are the emails in which the UK secret service and lawmakers talk about the presentation of the truth by Washington to you, the American people.

So, please, John McCain, remind the sleepy electorate tonight in your acceptance speech about the Iraq war.  Remind them it is continuing. Do what no other speaker has dared do this week. Remind them that Afghanistan is still going on, that Osama Bin Laden is still free and Al Qaeda is still strong. With luck, before these three months are fully up, we in the UK will have something new to arm the Democrats with in the debate about truth - a debate that is  far from finished.

Originally posted to Welshman on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 07:12 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  We have invaded and occupying a soverign (2+ / 0-)
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    bustacap, slksfca

    country that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11..Afghanistan is in worse shape than ever and the Suadis got off fukin scott free..And here we are cheeering as 340+ Marines are blown apart in Lebanon and Ray Gun turned yellow, ran up the white flag and hauled ass home..Show the glorious Grenada and Panama invasions...

    "Better a little late, than a little never"..Julian Winston

    by Johnny Rapture on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 07:19:33 PM PDT

  •  Oh sure the Iraq war is over (3+ / 0-)
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    Mnemosyne, bustacap, maryru

    but don't tell it to the 23 families of the American troops who lost their lives in Iraq last month and to the 3 families who lost their loved ones already this month.

    "The important thing is not that we can live on hope alone, but that life is not worth living without it." --Harvey Milk

    by pollbuster on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 07:20:21 PM PDT

  •  Welcome back! Long time no see. n/t (6+ / 0-)

    I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land. -- Mark Twain

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 07:21:14 PM PDT

  •  Recommend this if you feel able (9+ / 0-)

    It would be a great pity if this news today did not get a high profile on DKos. There really ARE bigger issues than that extraordinary politician that has emerged out of that Alaskan township.

    his is what real people in the real world outside the GOP bubble need to know.

  •  Much needed reality check (2+ / 0-)
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    Welshman, slksfca

    thanks for this, Welshman.  I was just thinking earlier how discussion of the Iraq war had been diluted in all of the election hoopla, and I'd checked in at icasualties before logging on here.

    One problem is that America wants so desperately to believe that there was a point to this illegal war, that claims of "Victory" will resonate with many.

    Obama and the Dems have a very fine line to walk, to get across the enormity of the challenge that remains, without turning people off.  

  •  Iraq Oil Legislation - Still Not Passed (1+ / 0-)
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    I think it's safe to say our troops will be there until the oil bill is passed.. which was supposed to be passed last summer.

    The oil law — which would govern how oil fields are developed and managed — is one of several benchmarks that the Bush administration has been pressing the Iraqis to meet as a sign that they are making headway toward creating an effective government.

    Again and again in the past year, agreement on the law has been fleetingly close before political and sectarian disagreements have arisen to stall the deal.

    here's something from the Council on Foreign Relations:

    In the run-up to the April 2003 war in Iraq, the Bush administration predicted that within five years Iraq would be producing 6 billion barrels of oil per day, more than enough to pay for its reconstruction. Verrastro says U.S. engineers evaluated the pumps and pipes, but until Shell and BP were commissioned to do so, below-ground analysis to assess the reservoirs and damage caused by Iraqi management practices had not been conducted. He estimates that Iraqi oil production, currently around 2.5 million barrels per day, will not reach 4 million barrels per day until after 2010.

    "Cigna cannot decide who is going to live and who is going to die." -- Nataline's mother

    by Superpole on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 07:38:35 PM PDT

  •  rec'd. Big lie, indeed. (2+ / 0-)
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    Welshman, slksfca

    also good to see you back.

    We don't have time for short-term thinking.

    by Compound F on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 07:42:12 PM PDT

  •  No one ever mentions Iraq... (0+ / 0-)

    ...offline in my daily life...except military families. When, and how, did Americans get so inured to being at war?

    HR 676 is the best health reform proposal worth my vote.

    by kck on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 08:09:31 PM PDT

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