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Why We Must Revisit The Iraq War

Fire_Ready Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 9:28 AM
There were videos of convoys leaving Iraq for Syria shortly before the initial invasion. Ritter and the inspectors had a pretty good gig playing the shell game with Saddam and being treated as serious inspectors by the intelligentsia. It was just a waste, but was sort of amusing in a funny sort of way.
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Why We Must Revisit The Iraq War

Fire_Ready Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 9:13 AM
This article disgusts me. It is the ramblings of a coward that wants to be right and rationalizes his stance by what went wrong. He, and so many others, have forgotten WHY any intervention, anywhere, was even required. It is a form of PTSD, but for cowards. The attacks on 9/11/2001 were the starting point, NOT the desire to go after Saddam. After 9/11 the word went out by the world’s single super power for all terrorist supporting regimes to stand down. Libya’s Kaddafi and the others stood down. Saddam, due to the corrupt UN Food for Oil Program and Germany, Great Britain and Russia getting cheap oil, felt no need to stand down. Instead Saddam became more vocal. Saddam, the Germans and Russia believed the bunkers built would protect them and their refusal to go along with the US would cause America to saber rattle only, but eventually let it drop. But the resolve of America was not to be denied. The fear that went through our enemies as well as our allies was immense as they realized America could easily conquer the world if we so decided. Nobody was comfortable with the power displayed. The Iraq War was not to spread ‘democracy’, but to draw the terrorists to a central spot that we could control and exterminate terrorists. That being the goal, we were quite successful. Our troops controlled the ground, the air and the night. No bad weather, no mountainous regions, no underground tunnels. Bring them into Iraq, track them through aerial surveillance, and exterminate them. I call it “The Honey Factor” in that it drew terrorist resources of funding and personnel away from America to fight “The Great Satan” in Iraq. The biased media were used as fools submitting propaganda that the terrorists could win in Iraq, even as they were being slaughtered. If the truth of the futility of the terrorists in Iraq had been accurately reported, the terrorists would have abandoned that strategy and attacked American interests elsewhere. America lost a lot of good people, but all those many terrorists killed in Iraq never made it to American soil. Scott Ridder and the UN WMD Inspectors were a waste and a distraction. They got a lot of attention, gained international respect and made good money. But they NEVER considered “finding” WMD. They only went where their Iraqi handlers permitted them to go. If they had gotten close on their own to a destination that would have looked bad for Saddam, there would have been an “accident” and they would have been killed.
Not just Paul, but the Republican establishment. It makes them suspect. I can only imagine the damage that can be done as Republicans don't do what they have been on record as supporting. I think we need some courageous whistle blowers to shed light on the tactics being used.
The gorilla in the room: How many establishment Republicans have been compromised by the NSA and other agencies spying? Does anyone think they only targeted the Tea Party people? Whenever I see what used to be conservative Republicans compromising their principles, I think the spying has them in their web and the candidates are simply trying to keep their jobs and families from getting ruined by the vicious leftists behind the spying. Once compromised, they should just step down and let fresh and uncontaminated candidates step forward.
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Remembering Stanley Ann Dunham Obama

Fire_Ready Wrote: Nov 22, 2013 6:23 AM
The congress is mostly lawyers. Lawyers have leached onto the medical profession and made themselves rich. It has been the golden goose that just keeps on giving. They naturally look to the medical profession any time they need funds for free stuff to help with their reelections. We need tort reform, not health care (i.e. health insurance reform). We could save a lot revamping the legal system instead of the health system. Remove the bloated ticks (lawyers) from our economy, and the middle class would be expanded and the country would be much healthier and wealthier.
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Lessons From Iran

Fire_Ready Wrote: Jun 13, 2013 7:30 AM
Actually, Iran was pretty evenly divided between Islamic supremacists and those that embraced the west. Because of the demographics; one had to dominate the other. The Shah was our greatest ally in the region. Jimmy Carter brought down the Shah. He was willing to sever all ties with Iran should the Shah refuse to release all political prisoners. The Shah complained and explained that his government would be over run, but wad assured the US would provide support. Jimmy Carter felt that if only the Shah treated the militant Muslims as America treated our blacks, it would lead to paradise. When it unraveled, Carter waffled. Before the US Embassy was over run, Carter gave an order: No shots will be fired, not even blanks. He was afraid of an international incident, and due to his fear, he caused one. This arrogance started the re-emergence of Islamic supremacy and the entire world has been paying the price ever since.
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The Role of 'Educators'

Fire_Ready Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 12:42 AM
When I read "Prairie Fire" by William Ayres years ago, I could tell where this was all heading. History will want to comprehend how such a great nation could just give up its heritage and surrender to forces bent on our destruction. The MSM, Hollywood, education, the the influence of George Soros money and corruption of our political system.
That is just delusionally funny! :) Liberals 'give' their ideology only. They see the 'good' government taking taxes and giving it to the 'needy' as their giving. That exempts them for giving individually (in their minds). Conservatives, whether wealthy, middle class or even poor, give their own personal time and treasure directly to those in need more abundantly. They do not rely on the middle man (government) to do it for them. They don't like the messiness of helping others. That way they can simply sneer and feel better than others without having to actually do the work or directly sacrifice. They 'sacifice' other people's time and money and feel good about themselves. There are exceptions, but that is the fundament6al difference.
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.
I am not a fan of COIN. She is correct that it cost unnecessary deaths and eventually failed to produce the results promised. But I do respect General Patreaus. This war got tangled up in too much thinking and being too clever. Just the basics would have worked much better. Go in, kill the bad guys and break their stuff until they can't adequately continue then get out and monitor and repeat as necessary.
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