The American Combat Mission In Iraq Is Over

Hey, Obama said it, so it must be true, right?

So, what’s the difference between an old fashioned combat brigade and a newfangled “advise and assist” brigade? Apparently, not much, besides the tortured semantics spewing from Obama’s enormous piehole.

U.S. soldiers help repel deadly attack on Iraq army headquarters

American soldiers helped Iraqi troops battle insurgents in downtown Baghdad on Sunday, repelling a major attack in the heart of the capital five days after President Obama declared an end to U.S. combat operations.

At least 18 people were killed and 39 injured in the midday attack in which a group of suicide bombers and gunmen attempted to storm the Iraqi army’s east Baghdad headquarters, located in a former Ministry of Defense building in a busy market district alongside the Tigris River.

2 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq

Two American soldiers were killed and nine were injured Tuesday when a man wearing an Iraqi army uniform opened fire on them in an Iraqi commando compound in the province of Salahuddin, an attack that highlighted the danger U.S. troops continue to face in Iraq despite the formal end of combat operations announced by President Obama last week.

The soldiers were members of a security detail guarding a U.S. company commander who was meeting with Iraqi security forces, according to a statement issued by the U.S. military. The military said it wasn’t clear whether the assailant was an Iraqi soldier, but Iraqi and Kurdish officials said the shooting occurred after an altercation between the American soldiers and a Kurdish Iraqi soldier.

See also:
US Forces engage in response to Iraq attack
Al-Qaida group claims attack killing 12 in Baghdad
Gunmen attack Iraq army base, kill 12
Attack Shows Lasting Threat to U.S. in Iraq
First U.S. troops killed in Iraq after Obama declared U.S. combat mission over
Iraqi soldier kills 2 U.S. soldiers
Iraqi Kills 2 U.S. Soldiers, Wounds 9
US soldiers killed in Iraq
U.S. troops in Iraq go from shock and awe to ‘advise and assist’
First U.S. Advise and Assist Brigade Arrives In Iraq Under New Dawn
Five myths about the Iraq troop withdrawal
Journalists face challenge: Is it really ‘end of combat’ in Iraq?
A Rose by Any Other Name (Make that A Combat Brigade by any Other Name…)

Now, does all this sound like U.S. combat operations ii Iraq are over? Simply renaming combat brigades as “advise and assist” brigades so that Obama can claim that the American combat mission in Iraq is over is nothing more than a cheap political stunt that does nothing to change the literal ground truth. For the 50,000 U.S. troops left in Iraq, combat is certainly not over, no matter what lies Obama tells.

/then again, it’s hardly surprising, this is the same Clown Car Club of an Obama administration that insists on pretending there is no war on terror and no terrorism by euphemistically relabeling these concrete, real world concepts as “overseas contingency operations” and “man caused disasters”

Obama Administration Declares Victory In War On Semantics

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US no longer at war with ‘terrorism’, says top official

The US is no longer engaged in a “war on terrorism”; neither is it fighting “jihadists” nor locked in a “global war” as the Obama
administration’s top homeland security and counterterrorism official has called the terms coined by the Bush administration as unacceptable.

It is now solely a “war with Al Qaeda” and its violent extremist allies, John Brennan, who heads the White House homeland security office, said during a speech on Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

The Washington Times reported Friday that the “semantic shift” is intended to bring precision to the way the president and his aides talk about the nation’s efforts to defeat Al Qaeda, though Bush administration officials point out that there is no dramatic change in the policies.

According to Brennan, to say the US is fighting “jihadists” is wrong because it is using “a legitimate term, ‘jihad’, meaning to purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal”, which “risks giving these murderers the religious legitimacy they desperately seek but in no way deserve.”

“Worse, it risks reinforcing the idea that the United States is somehow at war with Islam itself,” Brennan was quoted as saying.

He said the administration will not use the phrase ‘war on terrorism’ “because terrorism is but a tactic – a means to an end, which in Al Qaeda’s case is global domination by an Islamic caliphate.”

He also dismissed “global war” as a term that feeds the terror network’s vision of itself as a “a highly organized, global entity capable of replacing sovereign nations with a global caliphate.”

See also:
No More War on Terror, White House Claims
Barack Obama adviser rejects ‘global war on terror’
Obama’s Battle Against Terrorism To Go Beyond Bombs and Bullets
Obama’s counter-terrorism advisor denounces Bush-era policies
The ‘Obama doctrine’ on national security begins to emerge
Political Punch Podcast: White House Counterterrorism Czar John Brennan
Administration Dumps ‘Jihadist’ Term
War By Euphemism

So, let me get this straight, we’re NOT at war with terrorism or jihadis, we ARE “solely at war with Al Qaeda.” Um, then why, exactly, do we have 60,000 troops engaged with the TALIBAN?

You know, I’m sure glad that the pinhead morons in Washington have gotten all their politically correct, semantic terminology bull[expletive deleted] squared away. Whatever the [expletive deleted] they think they’re trying to accomplish, it’d be a damn shame to refer to it incorrectly.

/I’m sure the troops fighting and dying every day in Afghanistan really appreciate the newly clarified nuance in the definition of what they’re doing