George Bush: I was skeptical of nation-building in Iraq at first. But I came to believe taht if we put enough lives, weapons and money behind our man nouri Al-Maliki he could form a consensus government that would be stable, model democracy.
Cheney/Rumsfeld/ Bush and the “Bremer doctrine”, guaranteed failure for generations, not just years, or decades. Daddy could have given the Shia the same support he gave the Kurds back in 91, and they most likely would have overthrown Saddam on their own, and we’d have Shia in charge, but likely more viable ones than now. Maybe thousands of Iraqis still would have died, but over 4,000 American would NOT!
JUST COLOR THE U. S. OUTTA THERE…PERMANENTLY.
Poppie may have been incompetent, but he had enough sense not to invade Iraq; Darth Cheney did back then, too. Along came shrub and Cheney’s common sense was history.When the wallet starts thinking, the big head stops thinking, to paraphrase a truism.
Yeah; thanks a lot, George… *sweeps PNAC Posse and it’s failed ideology into Dustbin of History*
After 9/11, and our failed efforts to catch Bin Laden in Afgahnistan, I remember a televised press conference, where a reporter asked if we were going to straighten out things, including destroyed infrastructure, before US forces left. I am sure it was Rumsfeld, and he replied “We are not in the business of nation-building.”
Does anyone else remember that?
Al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat…. – Obama.Ummmm…….want to look again Obama….?
J’a think that even Bush now understands what a monumental blunder the invasion of Iraq was?
Actually, Maliki was never “our man”. He was chosen by the people of Iraq in a (relatively) free and fair election. But he is a Shia chosen more by fellow Shiites than by Sunnis and Kurds. And he had the grand plan (with the help of Iran) to make Iraq a Shiite nation. The Iraqi Sunnis are therefore ready to back the Sunnis of ISIS against the Shiite government. Maliki (with Iran and Al Sadr) are the main reasons Iraq is being destroyed.
Why Obama “Owns” Iraq:-http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/06/why-obama-owns-iraq.php
I hope Obama is smart enough to get us out of the entire Middle East . We didn’t “break it in the first place”, as many of those who advocate American participation claim. Middle Eastern society has been broken for longer than the United States has existed. In the history of that region, peace has been a rare situation, always imposed by a government strong enough to prevent people who would otherwise be shooting (or throwing spears at) each other from doing so. It can’t be any different when the majority of people would shoot each other over religious differences that would be considered trivial by anyone who had any education that involved more than one book. And, those who are uneducated are convenient tools to gain power for those few who are not, which provides encouragement to keep them uneducated.
“After all they choose to live like 7th Century savages….”
But they LOVE 20th century weaponry!
You still believe that nonsense? Of course you do, you’ll buy any BS the right wing feeds you.
Shoulda’ went with that gut feeling.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler
April 12, 2017
May 28, 2018