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Iraq A Convenient Scapegoat

Pete1215 Wrote: Mar 28, 2013 7:53 AM
This guy is delusional. Iraq was a thin Muslim Sunni layer over a vast Muslim Shiia majority. Once we removed Sunni control the instability was released. And nothing we accomplished over there was worth 3 trillion dollars.
skip59 Wrote: Mar 28, 2013 9:21 AM
There is nothing stable about the region. Nothing. Look at the behavior of the residents over a long period of time. Absent the iron grip of a strong man their tribal proclivities take off and they wind up killing each other over differences few outside the region can begin to understand.

We offered them a shot at a different future. They decided against it. So they will live for a few more generations in grinding poverty and ignorance. Too bad for them.
deestafford Wrote: Mar 28, 2013 1:39 PM
You hit upon a good point. Neither democracy nor republican form of government is not the natural inclination nor the best form of government for everyone. To have either of those two forms of government requires educated populace with close to common goals and be motivated enough to be involved with the running of the government. (Sadly, we maybe losing some of that here in the US.)
The natural inclination of most people is to have someone take care of them. Some father figure. Just look at the recent comments about Chavez by the populace there after his death.
There are many people here in the US whom would be happy if they could install Obama at the "benevolent" dictator. Some have actually voiced that desire.
Let's face...
Bring up Iraq -- and expect to end up in an argument. Conservatives are no different from liberals in rehashing the unpopular war, which has become a sort of whipping boy for all our subsequent problems.

The Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan recently enumerated countless pathologies that followed Iraq. Yet to examine her list is to learn just how misinformed we have become in our anguish over the intervention.

Noonan writes of Republicans: "It [Iraq] ruined the party's hard-earned reputation for foreign-affairs probity. They started a war and didn't win it."

We can argue over whether the...

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