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Iraq’s Disintegration: Why it really was all Obama’s fault.
National Review ^ | 06/21/2014 | Pete Hegseth

Posted on 06/22/2014 10:01:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Like fellow veterans of the Iraq war, I’ve watched the events of recent weeks with a combination of anger, helplessness, and disillusionment. So many gains reversed and so many lives lost — and for what? The American lives given heroically in Iraq were not in vain, but a legacy is a terrible thing to waste — just ask Vietnam veterans.

The implications of radical Islamists’ capturing large — and significant — swaths of Iraq and threatening Baghdad are so much greater than any soldier, unit, deployment, or decision. Iraq veterans are wringing our hands over events, but we did all we could against long odds — abroad and at home.

After 9/11, the nation was not properly girded for long, difficult, and messy wars. The premise of the Iraq war has always been murky and contested; the post-invasion period was terribly managed; and the military leadership was slow to adapt to a mounting insurgency. The deck was always stacked against us, and we’ve all learned countless hard-won lessons from Iraq — which I’ve written about for years in these pages.

But was the mission in Iraq doomed from the beginning? Of course not. The surge of 2007–2008 answered that question — turning a hopeless situation into a beacon of possibility. Violence was abated, sectarian reconciliation was occurring, and politics was replacing street fighting. The gains of the surge, as General Petraeus said, were “significant, but fragile and reversible.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; obama

1 posted on 06/22/2014 10:01:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

By soeotro’s islamist design.


2 posted on 06/22/2014 10:03:10 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: SeekAndFind
The American lives given heroically in Iraq were not in vain, but a legacy is a terrible thing to waste — just ask Vietnam veterans.

This country apparently never learned the lessons of Vietnam, and it was to our detriment in Iraq.

When they write the history books about the U.S. in the first decade of the 21st Century, George W. Bush will be remembered as the second incarnation of Lyndon Johnson.

3 posted on 06/22/2014 10:03:43 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama has been the President of the United States now for yearly six years.

More than an entire administration.

Obama.

Obama is responsible for what is happening. Good or bad, it’s on his plate now.

He has had plenty of time now, to take charge. He is making history.

Good or bad, it is Obama’s responsibility now.


4 posted on 06/22/2014 10:04:35 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: onedoug
"Islam is a religion of peace." -- Barack Hussein Obama

Wait a minute. Something about that doesn't look right ...

5 posted on 06/22/2014 10:05:08 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: SeekAndFind

And .. I believe it was ON PURPOSE.

Our president was raised by Communists, Marxists, Socialists, and Islam.

He doesn’t like America; to him we’re just thugs who stole from the world to become rich. His hatred is really taken out on our military - whom he fears.

SOMEBODY TELL ME WHY THIS PERSON EVER GOT ELECTED TO SERVE AMERICA ..??

But .. I know why he got elected - he’s Black. The left used him to silence the right. Now, they’re still defending him .. at their own peril.


6 posted on 06/22/2014 10:10:15 AM PDT by CyberAnt (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: SeekAndFind

We are incapable of winning a war in the modern era. Once it drags, people lose their patience.

The trick, seems to me, it to end the war before it’s even announced to have happened.


7 posted on 06/22/2014 10:10:43 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Alberta's Child

We haven’t had a chance since the end of WWII when we quit defeating our enemies and decided to fight to force them to negotiate.

I’m not going to blame Bush for the current Iraqi mess but I do blame him as well as myself for being wrong.


8 posted on 06/22/2014 10:14:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

You are so right. 6 years on the job. Its his fault through and through.


9 posted on 06/22/2014 10:17:12 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Alberta's Child
Complete claptrap. Read the article, and also learn some history.

The current circumstances are exactly the opposite of what happened in Vietnam. In Vietnam, a US President became obsessed with the prospect of losing his supermajorities in Congress because of "losing" Vietnam. He believed that would happen because, as FDR's fixer in the Senate, he [falsely] concluded that the Republicans retook that chamber when China fell to the communists. Consequently, he did nothing more than what was necessary not to lose.

Nixon did what was necessary to win, and when American Leftists finally extracted their revenge against Nixon for embarrassing them during the Hiss-Chambers case, Democrats in Congress and a weak, stupid, Republican successor refused to enforce the US terms of the Vietnam peace treaty, a treaty which, like their treaty with the French, the communists had negotiated in bad faith and never had any intention of honoring.

What is happening in Iraq is exactly the opposite. Bush did what was necessary to win despite enormous opposition and the loss of the Congress, left the country with a promising start, and his Democrat successor has p!ssed it away.

10 posted on 06/22/2014 10:18:08 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: cripplecreek
I’m not going to blame Bush for the current Iraqi mess but I do blame him as well as myself for being wrong.

Please elaborate on what you think he got wrong.

11 posted on 06/22/2014 10:20:04 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

dittoes to that!


12 posted on 06/22/2014 10:28:29 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: FredZarguna
What is happening in Iraq is exactly the opposite. Bush did what was necessary to win despite enormous opposition and the loss of the Congress, left the country with a promising start, and his Democrat successor has p!ssed it away.

Baloney. If Bush had "done what was necessary" there would have been no need for a "surge" in 2007. The entire invasion of Iraq in 2003 was fouled up from the get-go.

It's bad enough for delusional idiots to be managing this country's foreign policy -- or even worse, to be managing military affairs based on the influence of foreign governments right here in Washington. There's no need to make excuses for incompetence or malfeasance.

I'll tell you what the real problem was. It's that Dick Cheney was much smarter and more prescient in 1994 than he was in 2003 and he is now in 2014:

'It's a quagmire if you go that far -- trying to take over Iraq.'

13 posted on 06/22/2014 10:30:16 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: SeekAndFind

Sure, as long as we stayed there with a whip in hand things would probably have stayed in semi-control. But we would have to leave or pull back sometime right? Or were we to stay there in perpetuity whip in hand?

These people have been at war with each other for thousands of years. The outcome was inevitable.


14 posted on 06/22/2014 10:30:52 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: SeekAndFind
Bush WON the war, Obama LOST the peace.

say it over and over and over...

15 posted on 06/22/2014 10:34:45 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: FredZarguna

We shouldn’t have wasted the blood and time on Iraq and gained exactly squat. I don’t care about chemical weapons or Saddam’s support of terrorists.

If I knew then, what I know now, there’s no way in hell I would support getting into the Iraq mess.


16 posted on 06/22/2014 10:37:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Other than quick preventive or retaliatory strikes, if a conflict doesn’t necessitate a formal declaration of war, it should be avoided.


17 posted on 06/22/2014 10:38:11 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

Kinda like Reagan and Libya. It wasn’t a war, it was a message and an effective message at that.


18 posted on 06/22/2014 10:52:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Alberta's Child
The entire invasion of Iraq in 2003 was fouled up from the get-go.

If by fouled up, you mean completely successful, you would be correct.

If Bush had "done what was necessary" there would have been no need for a "surge" in 2007.

Circumstances called for more troops, which he committed. That is the definition of doing what's necessary.

There's no need to make excuses for incompetence or malfeasance.

There's no need to replace your personal -- and completely nonsensical -- version of history with what actually happened. There is no parallel between Bush and Johnson. None. Anyone who sees one is a fool.

19 posted on 06/22/2014 10:53:32 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: cripplecreek
I don’t care about chemical weapons or Saddam’s support of terrorists.

Well, fortunately for the United States of America, the person who was President was not a complete moron, and he did care.

20 posted on 06/22/2014 10:55:05 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I agree, I trust Dick Cheney. I think he’s a straight shooter. He says zer0 blew it.


21 posted on 06/22/2014 11:39:16 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: FredZarguna

Nobody here cares what you think boy.


22 posted on 06/22/2014 12:19:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Exactly. In and out. The public doesn’t have the stomach for much else...and frankly neither do I.

If the pols aren’t willing to officially declare war, it’s not worth risking the lives of our military. A state of war means they’re soldiers; a police action, as we’ve learned from history, means they’re political pawns.

And cannon fodder.


23 posted on 06/22/2014 1:06:30 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

If we aren’t willing to wage total war, we shouldn’t bother beyond an occasional well aimed airstrike.

In WWII we defeated our enemies to the point where the populations had no will to continue to fight. We could release POWs without fear because they were returning to a population that wasn’t going to help them continue the fight. There were some who wanted to continue to fight a guerrilla war against the allies after the German surrender but it failed because the German people wanted no part of it.

Neither Germany nor Japan has ever been a problem for us since.


24 posted on 06/22/2014 1:19:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek
Nobody here cares what you think boy.

Wow. Normally one must go to a playground or an Occupy camp to get that level of erudition.

I'm going to steal that one. It's so ... third grade-y.

25 posted on 06/22/2014 5:45:20 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

bkmk


26 posted on 06/23/2014 9:36:39 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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