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Operation Withdrawal Scam

By Norman Solomon

08/02/05 “ICH” – – A few days ago, the White House launched a new phase of its propaganda siege for the Iraq war.

The opening salvo came on July 27, when the commander of American forces in Iraq said that continuation of recent trends would make possible “some fairly substantial reductions” of U.S. troop levels in the spring and summer of 2006. Those reductions, Gen. George Casey proclaimed, will happen “if the political process continues to go positively and if the development of the security forces continues to go as it is going.”

Gen. Casey’s statement, which made big news, was the start of a media offensive likely to last for the next 15 months, until the congressional elections. We might call it Operation Withdrawal Scam.

Overall, the strategy is double-barreled: Keep killing in Iraq while hyping scenarios for withdrawal of U.S. troops.</i>

Boggles the mind that people who can take us to war, and continue to lie about it, would fake a withdrawal from Iraq timed to the congressional elections in ‘06.

Actually, it doesn’t boggle at all. Just another day in Bushit America.


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