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Stuart Carlson

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  1. Stipple

    Stipple said, 6 months ago

    One of my daughters is named for Odyssius’s wife.
    Smart man Odysseus, he knew how not to listen to the song of death.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    “The war will be over in six weeks and pay for itself.”
    You should never trust anything a neo-con says.

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 6 months ago

    @Stipple

    Odysseus was the only one on the ship who WAS allowed to listen to the Sirens.


    Friedman says that every American president who has dealt with Iraq since 1990 has done everything perfectly, but it didn’t work because the Iraqis are too stupid to take advantage of the benevolent intercessions by four presidents. So, since the Iraqis haven’t suddenly gotten smart, Friedman says the only rational thing the US can do is stay as far away from Iraq as possible.


    Of course, a large number of people have pointed out what a terrible foreign policy Obama has imposed on the US: ’Don’t do stupid [stuff]‘, when Cohan, Kristof, and Slaughter of the New York Times and two Cheneys writing in the Wall Street Journal maintain strongly that Obama’s foreign policy is absolutely terrible, and the US has a DUTY and OBLIGATION to do stupid [stuff].


    I’m not clever enough to come up with any of these, I’m just summarising, but of the proposals, I think the best is that we need to give ISIS in Syria all the weapons they need to overthrow the government, while droning every member of ISIS who crossed the border into Iraq, where the government was installed by the US, so the US has a solemn duty to protect it.

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 6 months ago

    And let us not forget that George H. W. Bush was proffered the SAME plan by the SAME people – and HE was smart enough to turn it down. Because THAT Bush actually spent some time out in the world and knew the neocon fantasy was just that.
    Sadly, he was right, and his son didn’t get it.

  5. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 6 months ago

    @motivemagus

    GHWB couldn’t do it. The UN mandate was to expelled Iraq from Kuwait, not regime change.

  6. eugene57

    eugene57 said, 6 months ago

    @churchillwasright

    GHWB could have and was recommended to send troops into Bagdad to overthrow Hussein but other advisers told him he would own Iraq for years if he did so. He (imo) correctly recalled the troops and let the contractors repair the oil fields.

  7. mdavis4183

    mdavis4183 GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    George H.W. Bush’s agreement with the Saudis did not allow taking Iraq.

  8. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    Why does the US let the Saudis call the shots?

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    The same totally wrong “experts” want the same thing again.

  10. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @Rad-ish

    “Why does the US let the Saudis call the shots?”
    -
    Because the Bushes and the Saudis are close business partners.

  11. SABRSteve

    SABRSteve said, 6 months ago

    Didn’t this latest mess come out Syria?

  12. kcunning

    kcunning GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    @Stipple

    There’s a wonderful book by Margaret Atwood entitled, “The Penelopiad,” about Penelope’s life as Odysseus’ wife from her point of view.

  13. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 6 months ago

    And I should have added that GHWB disagreed with the Iraq invasion in 2003, as well.
    Unlike his son, George HW Bush built a strong international alliance — a real alliance, where in fact we not only spent no money, we arguably made a profit (cf. a friend of mine who was minor staff in the Bush White House) — to do a specific task, which was done quickly and efficiently. He resisted nation-building, and he was right to do so. He could have gone further had he wanted to. He was FAR more wise in international affairs than his son.

  14. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, 6 months ago

    Do stuff in Iraq. Get people killed. Don’t do stuff in Iraq. Get people killed. Eyuck.

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