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Obama's Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy
The Atlantic ^ | June 23, 2014 | by PETER BEINART

Posted on 06/24/2014 12:50:15 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Yes, the Iraq War was a disaster of historic proportions. Yes, seeing its architects return to prime time to smugly slam President Obama while taking no responsibility for their own, far greater, failures is infuriating.

But sooner or later, honest liberals will have to admit that Obama’s Iraq policy has been a disaster. Since Obama took office, Iraq watchers - including those within his own administration - have warned that unless the United States pushed hard for inclusive government, the country would slide back into civil war. Yet the White House has been so eager to put Iraq in America’s rearview mirror that, publicly at least, it has given Maliki an almost-free pass. Until now, when it may be too late.

By ignoring Iraq, and refusing to defend democratic principles there, he has helped spawn the disaster we see today.

It’s time people who aren’t Republican operatives began saying so.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alqaedaspring; failure; iraq; journalism; leadingfrombehind; obamadoctrine; obamafail; obamaforeignpolicy

1 posted on 06/24/2014 12:50:15 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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2 posted on 06/24/2014 12:51:38 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I wonder if any of his supporters had even an inkling of a thought about what he meant by “transforming America.”


3 posted on 06/24/2014 12:57:36 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Sounds like they’re demanding that Iraq form a new government immediately and wishing upon a star.


4 posted on 06/24/2014 12:59:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the
term “honest Liberal”, isn’t that some sort
of oxymoron?


5 posted on 06/24/2014 1:02:13 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cripplecreek

Jon Kery B stuk in Irak.


6 posted on 06/24/2014 1:06:59 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

that dainty golf swing is really something !


7 posted on 06/24/2014 1:10:44 PM PDT by Reverend Wright ( Josey Wales asks: How is it with stains ?)
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To: Paladin2

I won’t pretend to have any answers to how to fix the Iraq mess but I wouldn’t be so stupid as to foolishly demand the formation of a new government while the country is in a state of complete collapse.

My first reflex thought is to get the Shiites and Kurds to form a government and stomp the sunnis into submission.


8 posted on 06/24/2014 1:15:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
"honest liberals"

There's a howler.

9 posted on 06/24/2014 1:18:26 PM PDT by Pietro
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Yes, the Iraq War was a disaster of historic proportions.”

Only after 1/20/09.


10 posted on 06/24/2014 1:22:22 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: cripplecreek
Biden's long ago observation of a tri-partition of Iraq made sense both then and now.

Kicking Islamic Jihadi butt is always a good idea though.

choices, choices....

11 posted on 06/24/2014 1:40:58 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

If I knew then what I know now I probably would have opposed getting involved in Iraq the way it was done.


12 posted on 06/24/2014 1:48:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Might be a good article but starts out with two whoppers:

(a) Maliki is a tyrant.

I can hardly wait for the CNN tour of his opulent palace. Obama has played the tyrant card in each Arab spring country so far to help put radical Muslims in power.

(b) Iraq is experiencing a civil war.

In what way is an invasion of militant Muslims from Iran a Syria a civil war? That line is straight from the White House, right next to “Sectarian Strife”.


13 posted on 06/24/2014 2:35:03 PM PDT by keat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Jimmy Carter created the crisis in Iran.

Barrack Hussein Al-Obama has given us crisis in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan soon. And, he’s working hard in Africa to jinn up more crisis.

Clearly, giving a narcissist a Nobel Peace Prize as a door prize is problematic, where Carter got his after he was a failure as a consolation.


14 posted on 06/24/2014 3:46:37 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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I was in Iraq in 2010. I left in the beginning of June. We knew that the Iraqis were going to have it rough after we left because they were getting far too much intell from us that they had no way of collecting after our departure. For thus who were there, the mess there now is no surprise.


15 posted on 06/24/2014 9:22:36 PM PDT by david665
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