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There are SO many things to be P.O.'d about. But, about this one thing, Obama is right. The second we left, this was going to happen. Iraq is a fake country. Without a thug running it with a brutal military, it was destined to fall apart.
Hopefully there can be something approaching peace when the partition finally comes. I don't know why we have to pretend that's not the final result and, instead, go through all of this BS.
Henry: No matter how bad a job Obama did, this was going to happen as soon as we left. Iraq is a fake country. The only thing that holds it together is a bullying hard*ss.
He should tell Maliki to handle it. We spent $2 trillion there while people lost their jobs and houses here. At least $20 billion was spent on an army that won't hold its ground against a much smaller force. Obama may have blown it. But, doing more is flushing money and lives down the toilet. I can't see how 300 advisors does anything other than tell the Iraqi gov't to grow up and govern.
Weardly: I don't think it's an Obama vs Bush question. One administration may be worse than the other. But, both have created messes. Both have scr*wed the American people.
It's not a choice of Cheney vs. Obama. How about a choice of honest and competent vs. manipulative and amateurish. To me, both miss the first category.
"I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency." -- on the Iraq insurgency, June 20, 2005 "I guess if I look back on it now, I don't think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we've encountered." -- June 19, 2006 Even conservatives can blow it. He did.
Esther: I absolutely agree. In addition, Cheney's rush to Iraq messed up our chances to do good work in Afghanistan. Saddam, jerk that he was, was a strong man that kept stability in an artificially constructed nation otherwise ready to go to war with itself. We are paying the dues now for his and Rumsfeld's and Paul Bremer's misjudgments. I am disgusted listening to him speak on this subject. We wouldn't be talking to Iran about it if he hadn't messed up. I only wish people like Ron Paul had louder voices back then.
Big deal. This is small change. Boehner get 89% of his contributions from out of state. McConnell 81% Cantor got and Al Franken gets 79% Ryan 83% They are more interested in getting re-elected than in representing their constituents. https://www.opensecrets.org/overview/instvsout.php
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