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Michael van der Galien

AP: Yeah, Obama’s Lying About the End of Combat Operations

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Posted on September 4 2010 3:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Newsbusters has published a memo written by Associated Press “Standards Editor” Tom Kent. Kent sent the note to staffers in order to explain to them how they’re supposed to cover the war in Iraq. His main point? Don’t repeat the Obama administration’s talking point that combat operations have ended. At least 4,500 American troops continue fighting along side the Iraqi army and they’ll continue doing so for the foreseeable future.

As for U.S. involvement, it also goes too far to say that the U.S. part in the conflict in Iraq is over. President Obama said Monday night that “the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country.”

However, 50,000 American troops remain in country. Our own reporting on the ground confirms that some of these troops, especially some 4,500 special operations forces, continue to be directly engaged in military operations. These troops are accompanying Iraqi soldiers into battle with militant groups and may well fire and be fired on.

… Our stories about Iraq should make clear that U.S. troops remain involved in combat operations alongside Iraqi forces, although U.S. officials say the American combat mission has formally ended.

Most interesting about this matter is that while Kent is basically saying Obama’s lying about the situation in Iraq, few if any news outlets are willing to challenge the president’s statements on this matter – publicly at least.

Couldn’t have anything to do with their political leanings, right?

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