Balad Airbase is located in Northern Iraq approximately 68 kilometers North of Baghdad. Balad Airbase is one of the largest United States bases in Iraq. It has been designated by the Pentagon as a permanent U.S. base - meaning the US government has no intention in withdrawing combat troops from Iraq nor ending combat operations in Iraq. The airfield is served by two runways 11,300 and 11,200 feet long respectively. Balad occupies a 25 square kilometer site and is protected by a 20 kilometers security perimeter.

Today is suppose to be the day the United States ends its war in Iraq. It is also the day that Obama promised the American people that all US troops would be withdrawn from Iraq. Obama has broken his promise to the people. More than 50,000 US troops will not be coming home as promised. Obama has ordered that over 50,000 US “combat” troops are to remain in Iraq until the end of 2011. The war is not over. The US has not withdrawn from Iraq. Combat readiness remains. The US troops will still go on patrol. They will still launch armed attacks against alleged enemies. They will still kidnap and kill Iraqi civilians and more than likely they will still torture them. The only thing that has changed is the official mission statement.

Now begins the mass deception by U.S. president Barack Obama that the U.S. has withdrawn from Iraq as promised. Obama has broken the single most important promise he made to the United States people. It was this promise that put Obama in the White House.

I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank. ” - Barack Obama, October 27, 2007 Campaign Promise

50,000 troops still remain and will remain past the 2011 deadline. 50,000 troops is bigger than the size of the regular armies of the majority of countries in the World. The U.S. combat operations have not ended in Iraq. Using one single comparison that declares a deception campaign by the United States is found in the fact that the number of U.S. “combat troops” that will remain behind after todays propaganda campaign ends is more than the entire regular combat troops of Sweden - 33,900, Serbia - 47,000, Portugal - 44,900, Oman - 41,700, Norway - 27,600, Liberia - 13,000, Laos - 29,100, Kuwait - 15,500, Kenya - 24,120, Hungary - 33,400, Georgia - 17,500, Finland - 31,850, Denmark - 22,880, Cuba - 46,000, Croatia - 20,000, Chad - 30,350, Bulgaria - 39,000, Belgium - 39,260, or Austria - 34,600.

There are 37000 American combat troops still stationed in South Korea. The war still hasn’t ended between North and South Korea even though the US also declared an end to combat operations decades ago. There’s been an armistice, but no peace treaty. Iraq is another Korea. There will always exists tensions between the U.S. and the Iraqi people because the U.S. hasn’t and doesn’t intend on withdrawing its combat troops from Iraq. The U.S. government’s “stay behind policy” has always been the root cause of all terrorist threats to the United States. The U.S. has just created another North Korea by leaving 50,000 combat ready troops in Iraq.

More than 50,000 U.S. combat troops will not be going home because Barack Hussein Obama broke a promise to the people of the United States of America. On his campaign website, Obama promised he would “remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months.” His commitment to bring combat troops home by May 20, 2010, and end the war gave him an edge among Democrats over candidate Hillary Clinton.

Even as combat troops are brought home, Pentagon officials have said fresh units will continue deploying to Iraq.

Broken promise: Transparency

On the White House website, the Obama administration claims it will be “the most open and transparent in history.

The administration released a memo on Jan. 21, stating:

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. …

However, Congress and the administration hurried the $787 billion, 1,027-page American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to a vote after allowing lawmakers just a few hours to read the bill. It was also available online in a form that could not be keyword searched.

While former administrations immediately posted transcripts of presidential speeches – including some remarks before delivery – the White House website often waits until days or even weeks after an event to release transcripts.

Also, reports of tax evasion by Obama nominees is evidence that the administration is not as transparent as promised. Just before Obama named Timothy Geithner to be his treasury secretary, the president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank quietly paid $26,000 in back taxes and interest due since 2001 and 2002.

Obama characterized the eight-year tax evasion as “an innocent mistake.”

But as many as six of his picks defaulted on taxes, including former nominee for health and human services secretary, Tom Daschle; former nominee for chief performance officer, Nancy Killefer; U.S. trade representative nominee Ron Kirk, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

While campaigning for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton was being investigated for tax evasion and numerous FEC violations. One ongoing tax evasion and FEC violation investigation involved Peter Franklin Paul, a Hollywood entrepreneur and former international lawyer who co-founded Stan Lee Media with Spider Man creator Stan Lee and who was the plaintiff in the landmark civil fraud suit against Bill and Hillary Clinton exposing the Clinton Culture of Corruption hidden by the government and the media.

His efforts during 2000 to hire Bill Clinton, after he left the White House in 2001, resulted in his being asked by Bill Clinton to underwrite and executive produce The Hollywood Gala Tribute Concert and Salute to President Clinton in August, 2000.

At Hillary Clinton’s personal insistence, Paul agreed to hire Clinton friend and Grammys producer Gary Smith to produce what became the largest private concert ever produced and unseen by the public. The Gala was also the largest fund-raising event for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign. Hillary Clinton’s efforts to hide her role with then President Bill Clinton in illegally soliciting and coordinating Paul’s $1.6 million plus expenditure-donation to her campaign resulted in the sham criminal prosecution by the DOJ Office of Public Integrity of Hillary’s finance director David Rosen intended to exculpate Hillary.

Rosen was prosecuted for hiding from Hillary and her Senate campaign the $1.2 million paid by Paul to produce the Gala, causing Hillary’s campaign to file three false FEC reports beginning in October, 2000. Yet Hillary Clinton told the Washington Post through her spokesman Howard Wolfson in August, 2000 that the Gala cost more than $1 million and was an “in kind” contribution. Not only was Hillary and her spokesman not called as a witness to explain how they knew what Rosen was charged with hiding from them, but the Judge and Prosecutor both told the jury that Hillary had no knowledge of anything about the case! Hillary’s taped involvement in producing the event was hidden by the government for two years after the Judge and Prosecutor made those remarks.

The charges of hiding Peter Paul’s expenditures from the FEC resulted in a secret settlement by her campaign treasurer with the FEC that forced an admission of filing false reports that hid more than $721,000 contributed by Paul.

Hillary’s direction of the obstruction of the Department of Justice, Federal Election Commission, Office of Inspector General, Rosen Grand Jury and Senate Ethics Committee Investigations of her role in the matter resulted in numerous serious, ongoing felony violations of federal law that have never been reported or prosecuted. After being chosen by Obama for the Secretary of State position charges were quickly dropped by Bill Clinton appointed judges .

Long list of Obama’s broken promises

- I will cut the deficit in half by doubling spending (When Obama was sworn in as president the US National Debt was $10.6 trillion. In just 20 months Obama has pushed it to $13.4 trillion. It took the U.S. government 191 years – from 1791 until 1982 – to run up its first trillion dollars in debt. The national debt was actually paid off completely on January 1, 1835, under the presidency of Andrew Jackson. The national debt was actually eliminated; the surplus that year was distributed to the states. It remains to this day the only time in history a major country has been debt free. President Obama’s budget plans call for running the national debt to $16.2-trillion by 2012, and an astounding $20-trillion by 2015.)…..Broken

- I will change the Washington culture of corruption….Broken

- I will reach across the isle (Has fought the Republicans on every bill since elected)….Broken

- I will have no earmarks in stimulus, there are now well over 9000……….Broken

- I will have transparency in White House emails (all except his)….Broken

- I will demand human rights for China and Tibet…….Broken

- I will put legislation on Internet for all to read before votes….Broken

- I will have honest advisers, except those who take free rent……Broken

- I will have my administration pay their fair share of taxes……..Broken

- I will eliminate rendition of terrorist combatants (executive order allows the CIA to kidnap, torture and assassinate even Americans)……Broken

- I will have a transparent admin. with the media (White House Press Corps kept in the dark) …….Broken

- I will bring charges against Bush admin for war crimes…..Broken

- I will have new blood in admin. (Keeps Secretary of Defense Gates, names Panetta to CIA, appoints Iraq war General David Petraeus as top commander in Afghanistan, appoints Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State)……….Broken

- I will apply windfall taxes on big oil companies…….Broken

- I will change US Foreign Policy, (appoints criminal Hillary Clinton as Sec. State) ……Broken

- I will change the defense department (keeps Gates)………..Broken

- I will close Guantanamo (authorized the illegal trial of a child soldier. Charged with crimes that the United States government is guilty of)…….Broken

- I will sit down with dictators with no pre-conditions……Broken

- I will stop waterboarding and CIA interrogation techniques…..Broken

- I will use federal campaign funds…..Broken

- I will get US troops out of Iraq in 16 month……Broken

- I will not hire lobbyists (hired lobbyist Daschle, * Melody Barnes, lobbyist for American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights , * William Corr, lobbyist for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, * Patrick Gaspard, lobbyist for Service Employees International Union. * David Hayes, lobby San Diego Gas & Electric. * Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, lobbyist for bankrupt Global Crossing telecommications. * Ron Klain, lobbyist for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone. * William Lynn, lobbyist for Raytheon. * Cecilia Munoz, lobbyist for National Council of La Raza * Mark Patterson, lobbyist for Goldman Sachs. * Mona Sutphen, lobbyist for Angliss International. * Michael Strautmanis, lobbied for the American Association of Justice. * Tom Vilsack, lobbyist for NEA.) ….Broken

- I will eliminate Bush tax cuts… .Broken

- I will dump Patriot Act wire tapping…….Broken

- I will eliminate tax breaks for wealthy………Broken

Judicial Watch - DC’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2009

7. President Barack Obama: During his presidential campaign, President Obama promised to run an ethical and transparent administration. However, in his first year in office, the President has delivered corruption and secrecy, bringing Chicago-style political corruption to the White House. Consider just a few Obama administration “lowlights” from year one: Even before President Obama was sworn into office, he was interviewed by the FBI for a criminal investigation of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s scheme to sell the President’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder. (Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and slumlord Valerie Jarrett, both from Chicago, were also tangled up in the Blagojevich scandal.)

Moreover, the Obama administration made the startling claim that the Privacy Act does not apply to the White House. The Obama White House believes it can violate the privacy rights of American citizens without any legal consequences or accountability. President Obama boldly proclaimed that “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,” but his administration is addicted to secrecy, stonewalling far too many of Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act requests and is refusing to make public White House visitor logs as federal law requires.

The Obama administration turned the National Endowment of the Arts (as well as the agency that runs the AmeriCorps program) into propaganda machines, using tax dollars to persuade “artists” to promote the Obama agenda. According to documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, the idea emerged as a direct result of the Obama campaign and enjoyed White House approval and participation.

President Obama has installed a record number of “czars” in positions of power. Too many of these individuals are leftist radicals who answer to no one but the president. And too many of the czars are not subject to Senate confirmation (which raises serious constitutional questions). (US Constitution, Article 1 Section 9: “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.” A czar is a title used to designate certain monarchs or supreme rulers - in other words is a title of nobility.)

Under the President’s bailout schemes, the federal government continues to appropriate or control—through fiat and threats—large sectors of the private economy, prompting conservative columnist George Will to write: “The administration’s central activity—the political allocation of wealth and opportunity—is not merely susceptible to corruption, it is corruption.”

Government-run health care and car companies, White House coercion, uninvestigated ACORN corruption, debasing his office to help Chicago cronies, attacks on conservative media and the private sector, unprecedented and dangerous new rights for terrorists, perks for campaign donors—this is Obama’s “ethics” record.