The First Draft: Sovereignty Day

June 30, 2009

IRAQWashington is a town of euphemisms, where “mistakes were made” but nobody takes responsibility, where lawmakers routinely refer to each other as “my good friend” before questioning their buddies’ sanity or moral character.

The Washingtonian art of the euphemism apparently has been learned in Baghdad, where to mark today’s departure of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki declared National Sovereignty Day and celebrated with a military parade.

As U.S. combat units get out of Iraq’s urban areas and move into rural bases, Pentagon leaders will be speaking, though not in Washington. Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses a NATO change-of-command ceremony in Stuttgart while Army General Ray Odierno, the U.S. commander in Iraq, briefs reporters via video link.

At the White House, President Barack Obama talks about nonprofit programs, then meets with Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

With Congress gone and the U.S. capital already on the glide-path to the Independence Day holiday weekend, morning television was dominated by ongoing questions about the late Michael Jackson’s legacy — fiscal, familial and cultural — and the aftermath of the sentencing of investment swindler Bernard Madoff. To many of Madoff’s victims, a 150-year prison term is not enough.

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Nikola Solic (U.S. Army soldier of 1st Cavalry division’s 2nd Battalion and U.S. flag during dawn ceremony in Baghdad on June 29, 2009)


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after statements from harry reid that” the war was lost”,can we expect obama ,perlosi and the rest of the demogogs to try to take any credit for the success in iraq?if they do it will certainly add a new dimension to the word” audacity”.

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two british embassy staff taken prisoner in iran and are going to stand trial in the pretense that they were involved with election protests.this happened because when the british sailors were taken prisoner the brits stood by and said nothing.i hope we are not put in the same situation ,a return back to the embarrassment of the carter presidency could happen under this president,i have not heard to much about the two journalists in north korea,and al gore seems remarkably quiet for a change as well.

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