Sandy wrote:Iraq was a mess created by British imperialism post World War 1. If you think that Americans can go in there, bring democracy, and resolve the problems, you are sadly misinformed, and at least a touch delusional. Unfortunately, the mess that is happening now can no longer be blamed solely on the British. The instability of the current Iraqi government is due to the misguided, unwarranted US invasion, the overthrow of the government, and the weakness of the individuals who have been propped up with American support. Bush was warned about intervening the second time, without provocation or legitimate reason, but he wanted to keep his promise to enrich his oil buddies (and himself) with Iraqi oil. This is his mess.
Sandy wrote:As for John McCain's comments that the president needs to get a security team that knows how to succeed, well, we tried this and this is what we now have. I've concluded that, with his comments about releasing the Taliban five in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, which he suggested in February and criticized the President for not doing it, and now is criticizing the president for doing what he suggested, he is demonstrating a highly advanced form of Alzheimer's disease. Phoenix is a nice place to retire, and McCain needs to take advantage of it, go home, put on his golf shorts, shirt, and sunglasses, and sit on the back porch and sip tea with a bit of bourbon in it.
Sandy wrote:The inequities of wealth, the competing interests within the Muslim faith, ancient racial hatred, all contribute to a mess that will never be solved by US intervention, or military might. The Iraqi government, contrary to John McCain's opinon, has always been a puppet, and has cowered inside the secure Green zone in Baghdad because outside of areas controlled and secured by the US Military, they have no credibility or authority. Bush's policy and actions were a monumental failure, and what we have now is the wake of his inept incompetence.
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