Sep 14, 2009
For all practical purposes, there has been no draw-down of U.S. troops in Iraq. 135,000 troops still occupy the country and U.S. troop strength is actually being increased, when the number of “private contractors” is included. The Army reported a 19% increase in private security guards hired by the Defense Department in the second quarter of this year.
Violence is increasing throughout the country, and it is Iraqi civilians who pay the biggest price. The official death toll, which is always understated, is 4,111 Iraqi civilians killed so far this year.
The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq continues to bear its poisonous fruit. U.S. troops out now!