Conspiracy Theorist 11/03/15

War by any other name…

Mark Luedtke

President Obama has a problem. The Commander and Chief of Lies can’t explain why a U.S. soldier died in a combat mission in Iraq since he claims there are no U.S. combat troops fighting in Iraq. His concern is not for the unnecessary tragedy caused by him starting a third U.S. war in Iraq and lying about it. He sees it as a political problem that might tarnish what he believes to be his shiny legacy, like a scratch on his chintzy souvenir purchased by others at an exorbitant price in Washington D.C.

The New York Times writes, “The raid was the first time American soldiers had been confirmed to be directly accompanying local forces in Iraq onto the battlefield against the Islamic State since President Obama sent troops back to the country last year.” The key word in this statement is “confirmed.”

The Times continues, “Until now, the American contingent, which numbers around 3,500, had been limited to training and advising the Iraqi and Kurdish forces on military bases and training areas. But senior American military officials have long signaled that they might ask the White House for permission to send small teams into the field with Iraqi forces for some important operations, such as the battle for Mosul.”

That’s the official story, and it’s baloney. The U.S. has lied about combat troops, calling them advisors, since Vietnam. The idea that Iraqis are too ignorant to train their own military is ridiculous. The idea that U.S. troops are now training the Iraqi military, as if they hadn’t been training it for 12 years since shortly after the 2003 invasion, is ridiculous. These are bald-faced lies. Obama sent 3,500 ground troops, boots on the ground, to spearhead the fighting against ISIS to keep it from taking Baghdad, and he lied about it.

On Special Report the other night, talking about Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony, Charles Krauthammer described how far our rulers have devolved our society into upside-down world. “We’re living in an age where what you say and its relation with the facts is completely irrelevant as we see in the presidential campaign,” he said. The Clintons, the Bushes and the Obamas, the Democrats and the Republicans, brought us to this point, but American voters fall for it every election. It’s like they’re hypnotized.

Stars and Stripes highlights how Obama trampled on the memory of the dead American for personal gain. “Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler was killed in combat Thursday, shot in a firefight with Islamic State forces in Iraq, though he wasn’t serving in a combat role, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Friday,” it wrote, exposing the stumbling doublespeak being used to protect Obama at the expense of Wheeler.

“Larry Korb, a senior defense fellow for the Center for American Progress who was an assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan, disagreed,” Stars and Stripes continued. “‘Of course it’s combat,’ Korb said. ‘They are trying to say it’s just train and advise. No—it’s combat.’” Of course it’s combat. Combat was the mission from the beginning.

Not too long ago, Obama also claimed he ended the war in Afghanistan. On Dec. 28, 2014 Time Magazine wrote, “The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan ended its combat mission Sunday, marking the formal—if not real—end to the longest war in American history.” Definitely not real.

Newsday recently reported, “In response to what he called a ‘fragile’ security situation in Afghanistan, President Obama recently announced plans to leave about 5,500 U.S. troops there when he leaves office.” As if more dead Americans and Afghans will make a difference.

I understand why rulers start wars and never allow them to end: they’re monsters. They get wealth and status by killing people, and their greed dwarfs any other consideration. For Commanders in Chief, there can never be enough dead Americans or foreigners to satisfy their greed. They’re limited only by the people. This is not only true for presidents, but all federal politicians, military brass, heads of intelligence agencies and their war profiteer cronies.

But I don’t understand why the American people allow them to get away with it. The American people can pierce the lies—the information is available—and force a real end to perpetual U.S. wars of aggression that are creating chaos and endangering and bankrupting us all. The American people have the power to force a withdrawal from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Mali, Cameroon and God only knows where else.

The views and opinions expressed in Conspiracy Theorist are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at

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