One thing holding the US up from an Iraq pullout is the fact that we destroyed their armored forces. Appears the US is about to rectify that;http://tinyurl.com/3gknah
On July 31/08, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced [PDF] Iraq’s formal request to buy M1 Abrams tanks, well as the associated vehicles, equipment and services required to keep these tanks in the field. It is likely that the tanks themselves will be transferred from US stocks, but this has not been verified. With this purchase, Iraq will become the 4th M1 Abrams operator in the region, joining Egypt (M1A1s), Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia (M1A2-SEP variant).
Hopefully these don't include ALL the bells and whistles, in case we end up fighting Iraq again someday.
On another topic, we ready for possibly the next Pres to put "boots on the ground" in Darfur?
Biden calls for military force in Darfur
WASHINGTON - Joseph Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Democratic presidential candidate, called Wednesday for the use of military force to end the suffering in Darfur.
That was over a year ago. Interesting the Bush Administration called what was happening in Darfur “Genocide" http://www.state.gov/p/af/rls/rm/82941.htm, but the UN opinion seems to differ, according to the Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur to the United Nations Secretary-General Geneva, 25 January 2005 http://tinyurl.com/287zy3
II. Have acts of genocide occurred?
The Commission concluded that the Government of the Sudan has not pursued a policy of genocide. Arguably, two elements of genocide might be deduced from the gross violations of human rights perpetrated by Government forces and the militias under their control. These two elements are, first, the actus reus consisting of killing, or causing serious bodily or mental harm, or deliberately inflicting conditions of life likely to bring about physical destruction; and, second, on the basis of a subjective standard, the existence of a protected group being targeted by the authors of criminal conduct. However, the crucial element of genocidal intent appears to be missing, at least as far as the central Government authorities are concerned. Generally speaking the policy of attacking, killing and forcibly displacing members of some tribes does not evince a specific intent to annihilate, in whole or in part, a group distinguished on racial, ethnic, national or religious grounds. Rather, it would seem that those who planned and organized attacks on villages pursued the intent to drive the victims from their homes, primarily for purposes of counter-insurgency warfare.
Glad the UN, who some in this country apparently bow to, could see the situation for what it really is. (sarcasm)
More recently;Somalis resist U.S.-backed occupation
By Abayomi Azikiwe Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Published Oct 4, 2008 7:46 AM
During the last week of September, unprecedented fighting took place in several areas of the east African nation of Somalia. This rising tide of armed conflict is directly related to the resistance efforts of the Somali people against the occupation of their country by the military forces of neighboring Ethiopia. The Ethiopian invasion in December 2006 was fully supported, financially and militarily, by the U.S.
What about Kenya? http://tinyurl.com/4k9moa
I think possibly buying stock in the companies that make "War Is Not The Answer" bumper stickers may be a good idea regardless of who is sworn in come January.
"We sleep safe In our beds because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those that would do us harm." - George Orwell