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Petraeus Betrayed his Country Before he Betrayed his Wife

Chip. Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 2:30 AM
An improper mindset loses wars, and starts them. The WMDs were all an illusion. Saddam Hussain and his followers had nothing to do with Al Quaida. The idea of setting up a democracy in Iraq only gave Iran one fewer enemy and one additional ally, because the controlling people in Iraq were Sunnis but the majority of the people were Shiites, as is the controlling people in Iran. Huge amounts of money were spend on this needless war, and additional huge amounts were spent pacifying anti-war politicians at home with completely wasteful pork barrel spending projects. And all the lost and ruined lives. For nothing.
Drifter Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 2:18 PM
Right-- The WMDs were an illusion. The thousands of tons of Yellowcake Uranium from Iraq, delivered to Canadian reactor fuel supplies, which was announced on pg. 17 of many newspapers, after they denied its existence for 6 years was all an illusion-- The chemical agents being used in Syria were all an illusion. The imagination just runs wild...
Fire_Ready Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 6:54 AM
Some thought, but ruined by a misunderstanding that created this mess. You forgot the 9/11/2001 attacks and the need to protect America. There WERE WMD found in Iraq. Iraq provided a magnet to draw terrorists with the desire and financial support to rid the region of the 'great Satan.' The terrorist groups spent their capital (manpower and funds) sending people to (and dying in) Iraq. They expended so much effort there there was much less concentration on attacking American interests elsewhere. That part worked. We got them to spend their capital and we eliminated their most fanatical suicide terrorists by drawing them to Iraq, where we owned the sky, the ground and the night.
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 7:25 AM
We know Saddam had WMD's he used them against Iran and against the Kurds in the north of Iraq. He had plenty of time to hide them and move them out of country.

Was David Petraeus as great a general as the write-ups of his downfall routinely claim? This is a provocative question that I will begin to answer with another question: Did America prevail in the Iraq War? I suspect few would say "yes" and believe it, which is no reflection on the valor and sacrifice of the American and allied troops who fought there. On the contrary, it was the vaunted strategy of the two-step Petraeus "surge" that was the blueprint of failure.

While U.S. troops carried out Part One successfully by fighting to establish basic security, the "trust" and "political reconciliation" that...