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Scott Stantis

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 2 years ago

    Yes, Michael, an excellent historical summary. Next the Crusades, eh, to round out the Middle Eastern picture?

  2. TripleAxel

    TripleAxel said, about 2 years ago

    It is too bad that President Obama did not negotiate with Iraq to maintain a force to assist in the stability of Iraq, and did not maintain President Bush’s attention to the development of democratic institutions in the country. Had he done so ISIS might have been stopped back when President Obama dismissed them as the “JV team.”

  3. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 2 years ago


    I have to disagree. We were attempting to train their army and police since 2003. Remember the “We will stand down when they can stand up”?

    (Read “Imperial Life in the Emerald City” by Chandrassakian, which documents the first year of the botched occupation, and see if you can type “…Bush’s attention to the development of democratic institutions in the country” without either cringing, laughing, or crying.)

    Well, they never wanted to stand up. We gave them our knowledge, our weapons, our understanding of tactics. And then we left, just like we said we would.

    And they took off their uniforms, handed ISIS OUR weapons, and ran away.

    As we should have learned in Viet Nam, people will not defend themselves unless they have a reason. Perhaps we should just accept the fact that the Iraqis don’t want to become the country we want them to be.

    The only way to keep “calm” in that region would be for us to maintain an entire branch of our own armed forces to do their work for them. Forever. Are you willing to provide them with an unlimited army on your dime?

    I, for one, am not.

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    ^It’s possible the simple act (or simpleton acts) of the Cheney/Bremer policies screwed up Iraq for the next decade, or generation, or two.

  5. piobaire

    piobaire said, about 2 years ago

    In thinking of the history of the Caliphate, one should remember the Black Plague. Occurring in the middle of the 14th century, various scholars have put the death toll at as much as 50% of the population. The loss of skills, knowledge, social cohesion, as well as the trade and economic losses, must have been devastating. Imagine our civilization undergoing such a catastrophe. It beggars the imagination.

  6. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, about 2 years ago


    So you’re admitting that little o, the god you seem to worship, is incapable of fixing something that his predecessor started, even when he’s had almost 6 years? Maybe you need to find a better hero.

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