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Wait, Why are We in Iraq?

The United States began its super-quick assault (and prolonged occupation) of Iraq in March of 2003. Eight years later, the new Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made his first trip to Iraq with the new business card. And just what did he tell troops in Iraq on Monday?

“The reason you guys are here is because on 9/11 the United States got attacked,” he told troops at Camp Victory, the largest U.S. military outpost in Baghdad. “And 3,000 Americans — 3,000 not just Americans, 3,000 human beings, innocent human beings — got killed because of al-Qaeda. And we’ve been fighting as a result of that.”

I’m pretty sure most people ruled that false in, let’s say… March of 2003? Earlier? Maybe it’s still working it’s way up the chain.


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