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No Parade Planned For U.S. Troops At End Of Iraq War

December 29, 2011 by  

No Parade Planned For U.S. Troops At End Of Iraq War

Americans will likely not be seeing a ticker-tape parade anytime soon for U.S. troops returning from Iraq, as it is unclear whether the veterans will ever enjoy the grand, flag-waving spectacle-laden homecoming that fighting men and women received after World War II and the Gulf War, The Associated Press reported.

According to the news outlet, officials in New York and Washington have said they would be happy to stage a big celebration, but Pentagon officials noted they haven’t been asked to plan such an event.

The AP reported that part of the hesitation comes from the notion that the bloody war in Afghanistan is ongoing, and a big celebration could be seen as premature.

“It’s going to be a bit awkward to be celebrating too much, given how much there is going on and how much there will be going on in Afghanistan,” Don Mrozek, a military history professor at Kansas State University, told the news outlet.

The Houston Chronicle reported that State Department officials have noted they expect 5,000 security contractors will remain in Iraq during 2012 to protect U.S. diplomats, as well as a “life support” team of an additional 4,500 contractors to provide other services.

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  • tim

    How many billions of dollars is it costing us for these overpriced security contractors. What we need to do is pull the diplomats out too. We didn’t get one free drop of oil for the loss of our sons and daughters lives in Irag!!!!!Let them protect themselves!!

    • http://naver samurai

      I do believe the article is about welcoming home our troops from Iraq with a show of patriotism, a parade. I do believe we need a parade to properly welcome them home for the job they have done. To ask for anything less is unpatriotic. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Sirian

    We’ve lost way way way to many of our troops (all branches) and shelled out way way way to much of our money and what is the end result? They are falling right back into a civil war between the Sunni’s and Shiite’s with backing from Iran of course. Our troops (all branches) deserve the recognition, parades plus more but the politicians think otherwise. Typical.

    • DavidL

      Much of this is payback to the collaborators now that the Americans have left. It is not surprising at all, it’s human nature. When the US leaves Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai is a dead man.

      • Sirian

        Yes, that seems to be very typical for that area, doesn’t it?

  • Bill

    My heart bleeds for them. We came home from Vietnam, one at a time to hate words, catcalls, and being spit on, and we actually fought in combat, not played pampered policemen like Iraq era troops.

    • Lastmanstanding

      millions of us feel the same as you…my cousin is memoralized on the vietnam wall…God bless you Bill.

      Your final statement is very accurate…our troops are being used for the elites unsatiable profit needs and control of the masses…could it be that simple?

  • Robert Smith

    No parade necessary. GW Bush proclaimed “Mission Accomplished” years ago.

    Too bad the troops didn’t get the message and go home then.


    • Dan

      Too bad you don’t understand the “Mission Accomplished” is a normal message sent to all battle groups returning from any deployment and was not a statement made by President Bush. It wasn’t made in his speech on the carrier. It was a banner that was hung on the carriers island.

      • http://naver samurai

        This is just another chance for Rob “wrote the check” Smith to take a shot at Bush. No matter what you say to him, he’ll never learn. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • KHM

        @ Dan,
        You got it exactly right in your explanation of “Mission Accomplished” and Bush.
        This occupier of the WH has no appreciation of the military, so I’m not surprised that no parade was planned, Look at how many gaffes he has made in regard to the military.
        Also compare how few visits he made to the troops or to wounded warriors in contrast to Bush. Bush did both often and without fanfare.
        Thank you to all the men and women who served so bravely in Viet Nam, and all the other military actions since then.

    • http://naver samurai

      How does it feel to be put back in your place by Dan, Rob? Bush, baaaaa! Iraq, baaaaa! Mission accomplished, baaaaa! Chaaaaange! When do you sheeple ever get tired of being sheard? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • eddie47d

        Do you ever get tired of being herded into these wars especially under false pretenses? Just a straight and simple answer please.

        • http://naver samurai

          I went to Desert Storm to free Kuwait, mission accomplished. I went to Afghanistan to hit the Taliban and Al Queda hard in retaliation for September 11, 2011, mission accomplished. I went to Operation Iraqi Freedom to knock out Saddam Hussein, set up a democratic government, and help the people, mission accomplished. Sheesh ed-duh, what’s wrong with giving them a parade when they come home? The unit I was stationed with had one after all of these events, when we returned home. It shows patriotism and the people’s support of the troops. I can care less what Obama bin Laden thinks. I felt that since I was a soldier, I had to go where I was ordered and do my job to the best of my ability. The second part I still use at my current job. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • DavidL

    An application for a parade in NYC has been made, and the Mayor is considering it.

  • SSMcDonald

    Welcome to more Vietnam thinking from our “leadership” in Washington.

  • Randy131

    Just another reason to believe that Obama is definately the worst President in our history, even worse than Jimmy Carter. Obama is certainly the most unpatriotic President we’ve ever have, proven by his continuous apologies for what made our nation great, as well as his denial of this countries exceptionalism, and his continual penchant for bowing to foreign dignataries. This explains Obama’s lies of being a Christian, while reciting Moslem prayers to Allah, on a mat facing east, in the White House, with other invited Muslim guests, durring Islamic holidays. Yet no public outrage from other patriotic Americans or Christian Americans, while the liberal biased mainstream media covers-up every derogatory misstep by Obama.

    • eddie47d

      Forgot your first cup of coffee Randy? Anyway you are full of something! The President and Vice President had a large ceremony for returning troops on Dec 15th so were you sleeping in on that day. Obama also greeted US troops returning from Iraq on Dec 19th at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He individually shook their hands and thanked them for their service and sacrifice. Obama has also honored troops on numerous other occassions. So thanks for blowing alot of hot air and you can now go back to sleep.

      • Jibbs

        Why would anyone want to shake obummers hand??

      • eddie47d

        Why wouldn’t they he brought them home.

        • http://naver samurai

          Not all of them and he sent more to Afghanistan. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • eddie47d

          There are still troops in Germany and Korea so what is your real point mockingbird?

    • Jimbol

      As a student of history, with a BA in History and with a Masters in Teaching Secondary Studies and admitting that I have not done extensive study on the situation, I do know that blaming Obama for the entire current economic crisis is like blaming FDR for the great depression. Both inherited an economic crisis.
      After the great crash of 1929, legislation was put in place to insure that a similar crisis would never again happen. However, gradually through the years politician’s and the people’s memory of that time faded and pieces of the checks and balance legislations against greed were removed. The trend of removing critical pieces happened during George W. Bush’s terms in office. The result was another major Wall Street crisis and the follow-up attempted bailout.
      Additional food for thought, Bush argued for a change in Social Security from government funded to a privatized system and looking into what happened at the tail end of his administration, I am saying thanks to the big guy up above that it did not happen or I would never be able to look forward to retirement and to collect Social Security. Of course who could forget or did we ever find all those weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.
      Trying to remove the emotions and given biases,, I wanted to look at it as objectively as possible and use analytical skills. I did a Google search on the rating of presidents. Much of the final results centered on the US New write-ups. Many of the others were recent polls which do not stand the test of time, excluded the complete line-up of presidents, but reflect the heat and passion of the moment.
      What I found, from the lips of historians and political analysts, is that George W. Bush is rated closer to the bottom 3rd than the top 3rd, Obama and George H. W. Bush are rated in the middle and that 3 of the worst presidents centered around the time of the Civil War, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson.

      • ChristyK

        Our schools don’t teach real history anymore. You need to compare 1919 and Coolidge to 1929 and FDR. The economic indicators (stock market crash, unemployment, etc) were as bad or worse in 1919 as in 1929. In 1919, the government massively cut spending and regulations. They had a 18 month recession and then boomed (roaring 20′s). In 1929, FDR started spending and regulating what people could sell and charge for things. We had a decades long depression. Many people say that WWII brought us out of the depression, but it was actually a massive cut in spending (60% reduction in budget) that brought us out of the depression. People said if the government didn’t give the returning soldiers jobs, unemployment would skyrocket. The government was wise, and didn’t hand out jobs. They actually cut jobs (more than just military) and within a year the economy was booming. The 50′s were probably the most prosperous period in American history. We need to copy Coolidge, not FDR.

        • http://naver samurai

          HHHHHooooorrrrraaaaahhhhh! Well said and this compliment is coming from a historian, BA from IU, and a current high school teacher of history. Keep up the good fight and keep telling it the way it really was, fellow patriot. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • eddie47d

          Now I know we have a problem if you agree with Christy…teacher. FDR became President on March 4th 1933. NOT 1929.

  • s c

    A parade is unnecessary. If our returning veterans understand what is going on and what is at stake, their next move will be to march on Washington. THAT would be fitting and proper. Save parades for the 4th of July and when hack, criminal politicians are kicked out of Washington and out of America.

    • k r

      As a Viet Nam era vet, 1969-1973, it’s discouraging that nobody references the Constitution when making reference to U.S. military activities. How many more U.S. military personnel are to be illegally killed because of the maniacs in D.C. and their private supporters? Only Congress has the power to decide about war. Many claim the past War Powers Acts allow the President such authority but that is just another illegal action taken by Congress. Legal changes to the Constitution require approval by 75% of the States. Additionally, all U.N. policies and treaties that fail to support the Constitution and the Bill Of rights are void, unenforceable. So, not one U.S. military “conflict”, “intervention”, “war” or “policing action” since WWII has been legal and, therefore, one could make a case that persons having died as a result of those actions were murdered or suicided.

      Art. 1, sec. 8 of the Constitution mandates that 535 elected persons to Congress determine who the U.S. will war against, whether it’s a country, a group or a person, and then what are the circumstances of such undertakings. Once established, with a declaration of war and/or very precise letters of authority, then the President executes the orders of Congress. The President has no legal power to make those determinations. Bush did not have the legal power to determine if and when Iraq was to be invaded and Obomba’s bombing of Libya as a result of U.N. authorizations was just as illegal. However, if the Constitution were adhered to, then a war against “terrorism” would be non-existent because Congress would have to fully identify “terrorism”, which is probably a complete impossibility.

      A ticker tape parade for the troops home from an illegal war with more illegal wars in progress? Nope. Moms and Dads, school your children well, because marching off to fight “terrorism” isn’t a noble cause for the sacrifice and death of your children the social, political and business elites would have you believe. Short of having to defend your homes from death and tyranny, why in God’s name would any parent not intervene in the decision of a child who expresses wanting to become a soldier. A friend of the family is going through it. Her son was killed in Afghanistan, but “it was his decision, he just had to go and do his part”, she said. And, now, he’s dead, “but what more could I have done?”, she asked, and she cries and cries, lamenting his death, every moment of every day. He had to “do his part”? For what?

      9/11 was an undertaking, allegedly, by Saudi terrorists, some say, and the U.S. invades Afghanistan (terrorists) and Iraq (WMDs and to free its people). Others, including a bunch of very educated people, say the evidence points to something else, perhaps closer to home. If so, then who, how, what and why? In the meantime, the U.S. maintains troops throughout the world, the entire Middle East and Pakistan is a powder keg and the eternal fuse, the Constitution be damned, keeps burning.

      Again, for what cause is it rational to place the lives of sons and daughters directly in the line of fire. The record shows not Obomba, not Newt, nor Mitt, Michele, nor anyone whose name is in the hat for the White House will the Constitution be adhered to regarding any issues of governance, with the exception being Ron Paul. Not one member of Congress can we rely upon for that purpose, other than Senator, Rand Paul. No? Check the record, if you dare. The federal government is amok and needs to be checked back into Constitutional adhereance, let the chips fall where they may. Aferall, it’s the Constitution that mandates free and fair elections, otherwise, why have them at all? To be sure, there are many in the halls of “liberty” and on Main Street who would prefer anything but free elections. It’s been said, once a tyrant always a tyrant.

  • Dan

    Obama administration would never sanction a parade because that would mean Bush did something right.

  • http://Boblivingston Gottaplenty

    Do you see what Ron Paul’s foreign policy might do for the country .. We have just witnessed a govt that shows no thanks to its troops…

    • k r

      No, tell us. Be specific about Ron Paul’s policies, please.

      • k r

        Like, stop meddling in the affairs of other countries.

        Stop nation building. Iraq will cost 3-4 trillion and how many dead and mangled. Stop the hypocrisy, we support Chinese tyranny through the continued hypothecation of debt, buying their goods and services, but kill all other tyrants, monarchs and dictators about the world. If we can trade with one, why not all of them? It must be the good tyrant bad tyrant policy? lol

  • Jimbol

    Should there be a ticker-tape parade? I am not sure…I was a Vietnam Era veteran and I did not get thanked for servering until 30 years afterward on the first Sunday following the 9/11/01 terrorist attack by my pastor. If any good came out of 9/11 the NYPD & NYFD are respected and the troops can wear the uniform with pride without be degraded and they are not held accountable for the higher ups policies. Weapons of mass destruction anyone. It sure was one “Hell of a Price” to pay to get respect for just doing one’s job.

  • Jon

    There have been numerous “welcome home” events and parties to honor the brave service members who returned from Iraq (such as recently held at Fort Carson). And we should always remember those who were unable to return. However, I agree that no ticker-tape parade should be held: that should be reserved for wars America wins.

  • James

    The war is against terrorism, not Iraq per se, thus, it will never be over.

    • Tony

      That is so true and dropping bombs and invading countries is not the answer. We spent so much money in Iraq, but what if we had spent it here at home, building protection devices at our borders, ports and air spaces? How many jobs could have been created through hi tech projects that could detect a launch and distruction of missles before they reached us. Airport safety screening that wouldn’t subject old ladies and little kids to being felt up. Technologies are there and we have people that could develope them, but someone decided to prove he was a man and invade a country on false terms.

  • Tony

    Didn’t you hear? We’re broke! We can’t be spending money on parades.

    • hitthedeck

      Tony its sad to say that the war probably kept a lot of American jobs and did more for the economy than politicians spending that same amount of money. Stand back and take a good look at the billions that was lost here at home. At least we knew where the money went in Iraq except the millions that were skimmed of the top by the politicians. There is still billions of stimulus money that is unaccounted for in this country and many people including myself think it was a Obama method of spreading the wealth but it didn’t go to the poor and went to his rich buddies. I would expect that a lot of stimulus money will show up in his campaign funds.

  • hitthedeck

    Our men and women can now come home and build new families that will produce more future warriors to go back to fight an Islamic army that was trained and equipped by their fathers and mothers. Yes we trained them to protect the government that we helped set up but with no supervision or monitoring they could very easily fall back into the same ideology as all their neighbors. Thanks to our president who once said that if Islam prevails he would join with it. If the Iraqi’s were grateful for our sacrifice they would offer to repay the billions of American dollars for rebuilding their country and the military weapons and equipment we left behind. They don’t even give us a discount on their oil! Mark my words there will be American flags burning in the streets of Bagdad within the next two years. The Muslim Brotherhood is such frequent guests at the Whitehouse that they don’t even sign the guestbook anymore.

  • jopa

    Dan; All the sailors aboard the USS lincoln where Bush landed don’t remember what he had to say that day, but do remember he should have worn the brown pants.

    • hitthedeck

      jopa The statement you speak of was the liberal translation. Any military man with common sense knew President Bush was making a statement on victory on the invasion and not the war. Most liberals have never served in the military and join the ranks of community organizers. The buffer zone that Bush created in Iraq may be the best strategic decision to launch a defense against Iran’s nuclear aggression. That may change now that the community organizer in Washington has pulled our protective forces out of Iraq.

      • Robert Smith

        Posted: “Most liberals have never served in the military”

        Absolutely false. Those of us who did like myself and John Jerry are swift boated by the reich wing machine.


        • http://naver samurai

          69th Rump Rangers, San Francisco Batallion. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • hitthedeck

          You answered it when you said (those of us) And we know that liberals are a small portion that served. To be swift boated you have to be carrying bad cargo and upset hundreds of thousands of Vets who fought against the reich. If you and your friend served we support and befreind you as vets. We never forgot what we fought for and will continue to fight for our country.

  • AVCurmudgeon

    What? The Iraq war is not over? But we won!

    It’s so hard to keep up.

  • TombstoneLizard

    Yep, all BS from the moment we set foot in Kuwait to protect “American interests.” Did any of the troops profit from serving our high-powered oil barons? Did any of them receive complimentary shares of oil stock? Does the VA and veterans’ benefits get kicked in the teeth while the OPEC boys wine and dine our Washington toadies in the palatial setting of their choice? Every one of you damn well knows the answer. Yet another generation of our best and brightest has been thrown to the wolves of war. Who is left to protect us from the enemies within?

  • http://? Chris

    Here is a chance for all the rich people that say raise there taxes. DONATE MONEY FOR A PARADE! Our service men and women deserve at least that. Donald Trump should volunteer to head up fund raising and donate the first 100k. It should be a no brainer for someone that loves to hear himself talk and be in front of a camera.

  • http://hotmail Aloha

    I think Obama will have a primp and prompt parade…. I’m sure that Obama and Moochelle arrogant faces will show up with some wonderful teleprompter speech glorifying himself for bringing them home…. His main reason in the first place is to look good to bring his failing poll numbers up.

    If there is any veterans reading this I want you to know that there are many that care and pray for you….I personally thank you for helping to keep America a free nation….But the tables have turned and the enemy has now infiltrated into the WH administration!


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