Steve Benson by Steve Benson

Steve Benson

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  1. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    Clearly the context is the ten year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Maybe you should ponder the irony of blaming Obama with a knee-jerked reaction.

  2. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    He had a lot of helpers.

  3. avarner

    avarner said, over 3 years ago

    Bush was obviously a lousy President.

    Without him, someone completely un-qualified would never have been considered “better.” These two make me long for Clinton…

  4. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, over 3 years ago

    It’s 1 war, 1 enemy.
    The enemy still knows it.
    We still don’t.
    World War Three.

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “Let’s talk about the illegal war in iraq (sic),”

    Although I’ve seen the term “illegal war” attached to the second Iraq war, I have not been able to find any country’s executive or judicial declaration on the war’s legality. Kofi Annan says the war was illegal. The AG’s of Australia and England say it was legal, The Davids report (Brussels) says illegal. I’m sure that these opinions are well thought out, but they are just that, opinions. If you know of any country’s official declaration on the legality or illegality of the second Iraq war, I would like to read said declaration. But, please, please don’t send me to any more opinion pieces.

  6. grenjello

    grenjello said, over 3 years ago

    I like how the"main stream media" always fails to mention that the reason that debt went up under Obama is that unlike his predisessor he put the war debt “on the books” instead of hiding it from us.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    Back up a second. “Illegal WAR”? First, war was never declared (yeah another 10 yr “conflict”). Second the President was authorized to use force in Iraq by a bipartisan vote in Congress and thus it was a “LEGAL” action.

    Still, the US has no business and never did have ANY need to invade and occupy Iraq. So why didn’t Obama bring all the troops home the day after his first inauguration?

  8. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Bush can visit the Hague, and under go war criminal proceedings. Would you accept a world courts determination?

  9. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    I find it interesting that the same lawyers who were unsupportive of Yoo’s legal justifications for torture under President Bush, managed to write legal supports for Obama’s use of drone assassinations. Lawyer’s “opinions” are the justification for heinous acts, just as politician’s opinions are. So you should consider opinion pieces from TimeWeaver germane to the discussion, if the source is reasonable. The Iraq war was unprovoked, and stated under dubious circumstance, with fabricated WMD’s, and has severely damaged our country.

  10. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Bruce, reeeely?How many months do you think it took to fully deploy those troops? How easy do you think it is to recover a standing army in a hot zone? How easy do you think it is to take over running a government in full economic collapse, fighting two wars?

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago


    Not the point Ahab. The discussion was “legal/illegal” war.

    If your stand is that something is illegal, why do you continue to do it when you become the one in charge of it?

    Obama used the plan already in place created by the war criminal bush. does that make obama a war criminal as well?

    But yes I know the logistics and how complicated it is.

  12. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 3 years ago

    No, those were BILL CLINTON’S fault

  13. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    He brought the troops home. O.K.?

  14. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Bruce the point is this!; http:/

  15. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago


    Why didn’t Obama bring all of the troops home immediately?
    Good question, and valid point. I would expext an official answer would be along the lines of logistics – could it be done without a huge overrun of insurgents that would have resulted in an even higher casualty rate? Would it have left any allies we had there exposed and subject to execution by “vigilantes”?
    You may also consider the lesson learned in Somalia – We were able to pull out nearly as quickly as we went in, but how long has the country been run by individual warlords and pirates since then? I don’t think that was an option after Achmenidijad took power in Iran. The rest of the conservative muslim world looks to him as the one who was willing to stand up to GWB, and probably would have supported him had he decided to enter an anarchic Iraq as a way to bring some stability to the country.
    The primary reason was most likely the political climate at the time. I remember the Republicans in 2008, knowing they were going to get their butts handed to them in the election, started making speeches about how Obama would “cut and run” and leave the Iraqi people in the hands of the insurgents, and America would appear weak. This wasn’t Fox news, this was ALL media outlets (with the exception of MSNBC) allowing senators, representatives, and pundits to come on and “warn” the American people about Obama doing just what you asked about in your comment (so much for the “liberal media” myth). This went on for a while after his inauguration as well, with the republicans looking for any reason to show Obama as “weak”.
    The irony, in my opinion, is my answer to your question. I feel he showed weakness by NOT announcing, on inauguration day, his set plan to bring home the troops within the first year and tell the Iraqi “leadership” to suck it up and start cleaning their own house. I read the comments here and what conservative pundits have said, and it seems that after the first year of his first term, they suddenly changed their tunes. It was no longer “Obama’s going to cut and run” to “Obama’s taking ownership of the Iraq war”, because he didn’t bring our troops home on his first day in office. It shows the pettiness of modern politicians – rather than find a stance and stick to it, you simply adopt the opposite of the other party, no matter what it is.

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