Monopoly Controlled Media Repeat Obama's Lies About Iraq

January 3, 2012

It is a matter of record that in December Barack Obama stated that "After nearly nine years, our war in Iraq ends this month," and that this was reported by the monopoly controlled media as a true statement despite all of the facts to the contrary.

For instance, in a news briefing on November 28, even while the monopoly controlled media were persistently repeating claims that the U.S. was well on its way to "ending the war," U.S. ambassador James Jeffrey described Obama administration plans to spend over $10 billion for weapons sales and training contracts with the 700,000 member Iraqi Security Forces.

The projects described by Jeffrey are for the transfer of weaponry such as F-16 fighter jets, T-6A fighter training jets, armed helicopters, battle tanks, Howitzers, patrol boats, cargo planes, Hellfire air-to-ground missiles and more to the Iraqi Security Forces. Jeffrey said that $8 billion in "Foreign Military Sales projects" was already set for 2012 and billions more were likely to be spent on an F-16 deal nearing conclusion.

These weapons contracts organize U.S. military command over the Iraqi Security Forces. A weapons deal comes as a package which includes "training and supervision" by either U.S. military officers or experts under contract with the U.S. government. The U.S. State Department's Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq (OSC-I), for instance, has both a "military contingent" of trainers and trainers classified as civilians. Three Iraq Army divisions are currently on their way to being given their "qualification" exams under training programs attached to a reported $11 billion in weapons deals. Other members of the Iraqi Security Forces are to follow.

Jeffrey spoke on the authority of his position as U.S. ambassador, the spokesman and head of the U.S. Embassy in Iraq – a massive U.S. government-military complex with "branch office" fortresses positioned in strong points throughout the country. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad occupies 104 acres in the Iraqi capitol and houses offices of the U.S. Departments of State (DoS), Defense (DoD), Agriculture (USDA), Commerce (DoC), Homeland Security (DHS), Health and Human Services (HHS), Justice (DoJ), Labor (DoL), Transportation (DoT), Treasury, the Agency for International Development (USAID), a Joint Staff and Defense Logistics Agency and others including UN agencies. To boot, the U.S. Department of State prearranged a system to operate "two consulates – in Erbil and Basra – and two embassy branch offices – in Mosul and Kirkuk – as well as utilize the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq (OSC-I) offices and police training hubs as secure platforms for assistance throughout Iraq," said Jeffrey in a February 2011 report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Jeffrey also informed the public during the November 28 news briefing that approval from Maliki has to come through before the Iraqi Air Force will be permitted to receive post-2011 training and supervision from U.S. military personnel.

In addition to U.S. "military projects," an unspecified number of U.S. special forces continue to occupy the country under various standardized arrangements worked out with the Iraq administration in order to bypass the so-called troop withdrawal deadline. For example, according to "CENTCOM Contracting Command" documents (c3-training.net), 5,357 "personnel and contractors" with the OSC-I are to receive Maliki's approval for multi-entry and exit visas in order to remain post-2011. Military forces under the U.S. Department of Defense get around the withdrawal deadline by being given passports with visas and diplomatic accreditation in order to stay.

The facts glaringly reveal that U.S. troops, officers, mercenaries and logistical support personnel occupy Iraq and direct the war. What's more the U.S. military is openly turning over weapons to the the Iraqi Security Forces, a reactionary military and police force trained and officered by U.S. forces and charged with "maintaining order" in the effective colony. Even while the Iraqi Security Forces encounter bitter resistance in cities throughout Iraq, Washington openly boasts that its "military projects" are a "life support" for Iraqi Security Forces. Nor do Obama administration spokesmen fail to publicize the fact that U.S. forces are preparing Iraqi Security Forces for "external military capabilities."