March 19 is the 6th Anniversary of the Iraq War and Occupation

And the violence continues.

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Suffolk County Actions to Mark 6th Anniversary of Iraq War and to Oppose Escalation in Afghanistan

President Obama ordered the beginning of the end of the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq.

Or did he?

See Phyllis Bennis' analysis


".... And if this plan were actually a first step towards the clear and unequivocal goal of a complete end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, it would be better than good, it would be fabulous. That would mean defining this withdrawal as the first step towards a complete withdrawal of all troops, pulling out of all the 150,000+ U.S.-paid foreign mercenaries and contractors, closing all the U.S. military bases, and ending U.S. efforts to control Iraqi oil.

But. So far that is not on Obama's agenda. And there are way too many potholes in the road ahead for us to unequivocally embrace this plan - and certainly too many for us to even consider giving up the urgent need for popular mobilization demanding a real end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq."