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Why after all these years can't our government bring itself to tell us the truth about Iraq?
A symbolic flag-lowering ceremony at an Army base near Baghdad marks the end of U.S. forces' mission in Iraq after nearly nine years of war that began with the invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.
December 15th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Why after all these years can't our government bring itself to tell us the truth about Iraq?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

I don't know about you, but I'm a little tired of being treated like a mushroom by my government. You know... kept in the dark and fed fertilizer.

President Obama is hailing the end of the Iraq war as though the enemy had signed the terms of surrender on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri. What hogwash.

This is the same war Obama referred to as dumb nine years ago, but now it's "Hail to the Chief," marching bands and rah-rah-rah. Look what we did.

What we did was invade a country that had done nothing to us, killed hundreds of thousands of their people as well as thousands of our own, bankrupted the Treasury in the process - all in the search for weapons of mass destruction that a cynic might suggest we knew didn't exist in the first place.

The Iraqi government told us a few months ago to get the hell out of their country. That's why we're leaving. We're being kicked out. Nothing noble about that.

Before we were told to take a hike though, we built the largest embassy in the world along with more than 500 military bases at the height of the war. All at taxpayers' expense.

We had every intention of occupying. We had no intention of going anywhere. See there's all that oil over there.

As it is, we will leave behind some 17,000 people at that embassy compound. Yes, some will be members of the diplomatic corps, but there will also be contractors and intel folks who can keep an eye on things. Just in case those weapons of mass destruction turn up. Or Iran tries to fill the power vacuum, which it will.

What garbage. And the government has the gall to paint this as some sort of military triumph.

This isn't the end of anything. It's the beginning of a long-term occupation not unlike Japan and Korea and Germany.

Here’s my question to you: Why after all these years can't our government bring itself to tell us the truth about Iraq?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Do you think marriage is becoming obsolete?
December 15th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Do you think marriage is becoming obsolete?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Fewer Americans are getting married than ever before.

A new pew survey shows barely half of adults in this country - 51% - are married.

That's a 5% drop from just a year before and down from a whopping 72% in 1960.

The marriage rate has gone down among all age groups in the U.S. - but most dramatically among young adults:

Only 20% of those younger than 30 are now married, compared with nearly 60% back in 1960.

The survey also shows Americans are getting married at older ages than ever before. For women, the average age of a first marriage is 26.5 years; for men it's 28.7 years.

Researchers say it's unclear if people are simply delaying marriage - or abandoning it. They point to similar trends of putting off marriage in other developed countries, especially in Europe.

And - experts say the sharp drop in marriages from 2009-2010 "may or may not be related to the sour economy." They point out that marriage has actually been on the decline for the last 50 years.

Also, this drop in marriages reflects an increase in other kinds of living arrangements - including couples living together without getting married and single parenting.

Some suggest there's been a huge cultural shift when it comes to getting married. For example, around 40% of people say marriage is becoming "obsolete."

And as one sociologist tells the Washington Post, "In the 1950s, if you weren't married, people thought you were mentally ill. Marriage was mandatory. Now it's culturally optional."

Here’s my question to you: Do you think marriage is becoming obsolete?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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