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June 30 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Lets Celebrate 'Iraqi Sovereignty Day' Because The War In Iraq Is Over... Right? For Us, It MIGHT Be... For The Iraqis, It MIGHT Be More Complicated Than That
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Today is the deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraqi cities. But don't expect a great deal to change. "The original intent of moving troops out of the cities was to reduce the U.S. military role and send the message to Iraqis that the United States would be leaving the country soon," write FPIF policy outreach director Erik Leaver and FPIF contributor Daniel Atzmon in A Withdrawal in Name Only. "But troops that are no longer sleeping in the cities will still take part in operations within Iraqi cities; they will serve in 'support' and 'advisory' roles, rather than combat functions. Such 'reclassification' of troops as military trainers is another example of how the United States is circumventing the terms of the SOFA agreement."
[In Full, with information about the Honduran coup as well]
"'Two infantry battalions of the Honduran Army have risen up against the illegitimate government of Roberto Micheletti in Honduras. They are the Fourth Infantry Battalion in the city of Tela and the Tenth Infantry Battalion in La Ceiba (the second largest city in Honduras), both located in the state of Atlintida (sp?).'" [In Full @ NarcoNews]Essentially what's happening is the people of Honduras elected Zelaya but the Honduran legislature is still controlled by the oligarchy, who had, if not direct involvement in the coup, vested interest in seeing that Zelaya was removed from power despite his democratic installation as the nation's leader. The military? They tend to come from the working class (at least the 'grunts on the ground' with guns do), not the upper classes, and are always the wild card in any Latin American coup. We are seeing The Venezuelan anti-Chavez coups redux, with OR without US involvement, which at this time is an unknown.
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