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In Iraq, a Sunni revolt raises specter of new war
The Washington Post ^ | Monday, January 6, 2013 | Liz Sly

Posted on 01/06/2014 6:19:18 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

BEIRUT — An eruption of violence in Iraq is threatening to undo much of what U.S. troops appeared to have accomplished before they withdrew, putting the country’s stability on the line and raising the specter of a new civil war in a region already buckling under the strain of the conflict in Syria.

In the western Iraqi province of Anbar, Sunnis are in open revolt against the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Militants affiliated with al-Qaeda have taken advantage of the turmoil to raise their flag over areas from which they had been driven out by American troops, including the powerfully symbolic city of Fallujah, where U.S. forces fought their bloodiest battle since the Vietnam War.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: fallujah; iran; iraq; ramadi; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 01/06/2014 6:19:18 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Biden was right.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 6:21:43 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: MinorityRepublican

Bammy’s fault.


3 posted on 01/06/2014 6:22:10 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: MinorityRepublican
Lesson: You cannot rebuild these societies.

It's like an alcoholic -- you have to want to change. No one can do it for you.

My preference #1 -- stay away.
My preference #2 -- punish them with extreme prejudice, from a great distance (NO boots on the ground) until they decide that they very much want to change. Then stand back and see how they do.

4 posted on 01/06/2014 6:25:18 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: MinorityRepublican

The surge worked, but it was dependent upon governmental reforms, which required the U.S. to stay involved.

Obama threw it all away by allowing Iran to have unlimited influence, and Maliki felt free to continue marginalizing Sunnis.

Sad thing is, people will say this proves insurgencies are impossible to beat and the next war will be just like Iraq and Vietnam.


5 posted on 01/06/2014 6:28:32 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: Shadow44
The surge worked, but it was dependent upon governmental reforms, which required the U.S. to stay involved.

If we stayed involved for another 5-10 years, Iraq would probably turn out to be a self-sufficient secular nation. But at it is right now, it'll be divided into three parts, Kurdistan, Jihadism and a piece of Shiite.

6 posted on 01/06/2014 6:32:18 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: Shadow44
“The surge worked, but it was dependent upon governmental reforms, which required the U.S. to stay involved.

Obama threw it all away by allowing Iran to have unlimited influence, and Maliki felt free to continue marginalizing Sunnis.”

I agree. Obama and his cronies are making a mess out of the Middle East. Al Quida is making a big comeback. Iran's influence is growing bigger every day. Down the road this will not be good for us.

7 posted on 01/06/2014 6:32:43 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: ClearCase_guy

Barbarism is the pinnacle of islamic “civilization” and only they can fix it.

Besides, we broke and we’re tired. Anybody who wants a new war is welcome to go fight it on their own dime. Good luck.


8 posted on 01/06/2014 6:34:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Paladin2

Muslims killing Muslims. Is that so bad? :-)


9 posted on 01/06/2014 6:38:19 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I disagree. When Obama walked into the door of the white house, the United States was in the process of negotiating a status of force agreement that would have left American troops there as the guarantor of the rights of the Sunnis, the minority. Obama let the negotiations lapse, and withdrew the troops. The Shiite government then turned to Iran. Now the Sunnis are rebelling and Al Qaeda is back.


10 posted on 01/06/2014 6:42:47 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

This isn’t a “new” war.


11 posted on 01/06/2014 6:44:32 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

“Had a brother who was at Khe Sanh
Fighting the North and the Viet Cong.
They’re still there.
He’s all gone.

Born in the USA!
I was born in the USA!
I was born in the USA!
I’m a long gone Daddy in the USA.”


12 posted on 01/06/2014 6:47:41 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Agreed. “Nation Building”...in Iraq was a stupid and very costly idea.

Saddam Hussain was an excellent (albeit an ‘evil’) counter measure to the evil Iranians. We never should have invaded Iraq.

How many countries have WMDs...with no action from our part?

Republicans are just as ‘knee-jerk’ reactionaries to sending American troops into senseless situations, as Democrats are the opposite.


13 posted on 01/06/2014 6:47:54 PM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: Lurker

WHO LOST IRAQ?


14 posted on 01/06/2014 6:48:06 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Lurker

So true. Sunni and Shiites have been going at it forever. It will never stop. Okay by me.


15 posted on 01/06/2014 6:57:06 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Islam demands no harm to other muslims UNLESS....
they are the WRONG MUSLIMS..

MoMO said; “If a muslim changes his religion KILL HIM!”..

Islam is a very sick JOKE......
AND will remain UNTIL it is laughed out of existence..
ONLY laughter can destroy Islam..

Get busy, get hyperbolic, MOCK it in every way..
So, Whats funny about a death cult?....... EVERYTHING!..
Everything about Islam IS FUNNY...

Jeese wake up.... have some FUN..


16 posted on 01/06/2014 7:05:51 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Didn’t see that coming


17 posted on 01/06/2014 7:07:25 PM PST by onona (The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe (yup, I belong))
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To: Paladin2

Another one of mac daddies great foreign policy decisions.


18 posted on 01/06/2014 7:14:41 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: chiefqc

Next up, al Qaeda in control in Jordan.


19 posted on 01/06/2014 7:25:30 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA
"al Qaeda in control in Jordan."

Already in control in the White Hut....

20 posted on 01/06/2014 7:36:58 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ClearCase_guy

Bump and bump!


21 posted on 01/06/2014 8:01:23 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Until islam is edradicated, the “best” possible government for the muzzies is a murderous secular strongman. Like Saddam. I guess we learned this the hard way. Bush’s fault.


22 posted on 01/06/2014 10:26:13 PM PST by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: bkopto

Yep. That’s why we are leaving Assad alone in Syria


23 posted on 01/06/2014 10:48:09 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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