Yeah, the Iraq war’s not over, and the Associated Press is responsibly calling bullshit on the government’s claims that it is:
Many AP staffers are producing content that refers to the situation in Iraq. It might be a local story about Iraq veterans, an international diplomatic story that mentions the Iraqi conflict or coverage on the ground in Iraq itself.
Whatever the subject, we should be correct and consistent in our description of what the situation in Iraq is. This guidance summarizes the situation and suggests wording to use and avoid.
To begin with, combat in Iraq is not over, and we should not uncritically repeat suggestions that it is, even if they come from senior officials.
The American role in the Iraqi civil war isn’t over. We have 4,500 special-operations forces still in the country, able to be summoned for combat assistance at any time by the request of the Iraqi government with the approval of the American government-and it’s pretty much guaranteed that if they ask, we will provide. Furthermore, Iraq depends and will continue to depend on American air power to defend their skies from other nations, and American air power will continue to strike at the insurgents. And, of course, there’s also the legions of mercenaries receiving American pay still operating in the country.
We’re not done, and it’s good to see a mainstream press agency speaking truth to power for once. Barack, this mission isn’t accomplished, get off your aircraft carrier.