President Proclaims ‘National Day of Honor’ - American Forces Press Service
On March 19, 2012, the ninth anniversary of U.S. forces moving into Iraq, President Barack Obama proclaimed that day to be “A National Day of Honor.”
Here’s is the text of the president’s proclamation:

"Nine years ago, members of the United States Armed Forces crossed the sands of the Iraq-Kuwait border and began one of the most challenging missions our military has ever known. They left the comforts of home and family, volunteering in service to a cause greater than themselves. They braved insurgency and sectarian strife, knowing too well the danger of combat and the cost of conflict. Yet, through the dust and din and the fog of war, they never lost their resolve. Demonstrating unshakable fortitude and unwavering commitment to duty, our men and women in uniform served tour after tour, fighting block by block to help the Iraqi people seize the chance for a better future. And on December 18, 2011, their mission came to an end."

Wait. Wasn't it more challenging when the U.S. military used to fight wealthy, armed nations? Isn't sacrificing for a cause a separate question from whether the cause was worthwhile? Isn't braving insurgency and sectarian strife an inevitable part of occupying someone else's country and using death squads to stir up sectarian strife? Isn't fighting block by block an atrocity, because people live there? Isn't helping the Iraqi people against the will of the Iraqi people a bit arrogant? Didn't the mission come to an end because the Iraqi people compelled the Iraqi government to no longer allow criminal immunity for US troops and mercenaries killing, raping, and pillaging? Didn't the mission end without finding the mythical weapons, without forcing the Iraqis to accept U.S. domination, and with the country essentially destroyed -- causing a majority of Iraqis to say they'd been better off before the invasion?

"Today, we honor their success, their service, and their sacrifice. In one of our Nation's longest wars, veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn wrote one of the most extraordinary chapters in American military history. When highways became mine fields and uncertainty waited behind every corner, service members rose to meet the task at hand with unmatched courage and determination. They learned languages and cultures, taking on new roles as diplomats and development experts to improve the communities where they served. Their strength toppled a tyrant, and their valor helped build opportunity in oppression's place. Across nearly 9 years of conflict, the glory of their service -- as well as the contributions of other members of the U.S. Government and our coalition partners -- always shone through."

Always? Even in Haditha? Even in Fallujah? Even in Collateral Murder? Evern in Nicour Square? Wait a minute: what does nine years of pointless murderous occupation have to do with overthrowing the former U.S. ally who was overthrown immediately?

"The war left wounds not always seen, but forever felt. The burden of distance and the pain of loss weighed heavily on the hearts of millions at home and overseas. Behind every member of our military stood a parent, a spouse, or a son or daughter who proudly served their community and prayed for their loved one's safe return. For wounded warriors, coming home marked the end of one battle and the beginning of another -- to stand, to walk, to recover, and to serve again. And, in war's most profound cost, there were those who never came home. Separated by time and space but united by their love of country, nearly 4,500 men and women are eternally bound; though we have laid them to rest, they will live on in the soul of our Nation now and forever. To them, to their families, and to all who served, we owe a debt that can never be fully repaid."

There's something sick about mourning the loss of life while erasing 99.5% of the losses, those of the victims, those of the people whose country we destroyed. There's something repulsive too about mourning the damage done to the U.S. warriors while simultaneously lying about the war in order to send more such men and women into other equally criminal and senseless wars or what Obama himself used to call dumb wars.

"When we returned the colors of United States Forces-Iraq and the last of our troops set foot on American soil, we reflected on the extraordinary service and sacrifice of those who answered our country's call. Their example embodied that fundamental American faith that tells us no mission is too hard, no challenge is too great, and that through tests and through trials, we will always emerge stronger than before. Now, our Nation reaffirms our commitment to serve veterans of Iraq as well as they served us -- to uphold the sacred trust we share with all who have worn the uniform. Our future is brighter for their service, and today, we express our gratitude by saying once more: Welcome home."

Many of our veterans are homeless, as Obama dumps over half of federal discretionary spending into the war machine and lies to us all. Better off? We destroyed our economy, lost our civil liberties, damaged the natural environment, endangered our country, brought murder and torture into acceptability, enflamed religious bigotry, and made sociocide something our president brags about. Our future is brighter?

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 19, 2012, as a National Day of Honor. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that commemorate the return of the United States Armed Forces from Iraq."

Funny how my Constitution never mentions any of the crap Obama finds in his Constitution. I hereby commit myself to getting drunk enough on St Patrick's Day to vommit appropriately on the National Day of Honor.

"IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


In my 42nd year without a lord or a dictator, I hereby cordially invite you to stick a sock in it.


David Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at David Swanson and War is a Crime and works for the online activist organization Roots Action. He hosts Talk Nation Radio.