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Can GOP Reverse the Damage Done by Iraq?

DagNabbit Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 3:54 PM
"Is the Iraq war to blame for the mess we are in?" YES!!! Finally, a Con gets it. I've been telling you people this for years. "Whatever defenses there may be for the Iraq war, it was a staggering political disaster for the Republican Party" There were no defenses. It was based on lies. It was a HUGE blunder, militarily and politically. The Mistake of the Century. "Is that fair?" Yeah. It's fair. It's too NICE.
Dyadd Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 4:22 PM
Compared to WW I, Korea and Vietnam, Iraq was one of our lesser blunders.

America's leaders disturbing tendency to go to war when victory is illegal and thus not the objective is the problem. We should never have done that, and we should certainly never do it again.
pascagoulapappy Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 4:04 PM
Yeh, Dag, we shudda just left Madass Insane alone to play with his pretty-pretties, build his big firecrackers, and foster attacks on Western countries.
DagNabbit Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 4:25 PM
Well, we DID after all empower him and back him while he was doing those very same things. And by your logic, why aren't we invading Iran, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, Chad, Somalia, China, Myanmar, Syria, Belarus, Chechnya, Kazakhstan, and Equatorial Guinea? After all, if we're going to justify invasions based on bad leaders and dictators, lets get SERIOUS about it.
DagNabbit Wrote: Mar 29, 2013 4:27 PM
...and these hypocrisies are noticed by the world. Hence our current reputation.

Is the Iraq war to blame for the mess we are in?

Now, I should qualify that question by explaining "mess" and "we." By "mess," I mean the dawn of Barack Obama's second term, the predictably catastrophic rollout of Obamacare, the exploding debt and deficit, the stimulus boondoggles, etc. By "we," I mean conservatives (particularly those, like me, who supported the war), but also anyone else who doesn't think Obama has done a bang-up job.

There seems to be a growing consensus that the answer to that question is "yes." In a recent column, the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein writes, "It's...