posted on Jun, 17 2014 @ 05:53 PM
I don't think much Obama did, short of training Iraqi's to the standards and methods of an American in the same role, would have made any difference
in the end.
I truly believe by what has been written and talking to men who were there, we had a sweet spot to make this thing work. It was a precious SMALL
window though. Maybe 60-90 days from crossing the berms. Maybe even less. I mean, we have a habit of overstaying deployments to the point of host
nations wishing they'd never heard of us ..but in this case, they *DID* greet the U.S as Liberators. Anyone disputing this is disputing the
collective life experience of the men there, the Iraqis who were doing it and the endless yards of film and digital recording now immortalizing it. It
COULD have worked..but not for long and we never tried.
I think two incidents in a book from one of the units in the lead elements during the opening days described it best, whether they meant to or not.
One was orders issued to them upon crossing onto an airport complex area that had Iraqis. Some perhaps hostile...nothing confirmed by their own
words..and nothing incoming for so much as rocks, let alone live fire. Still...'If it interferes, kill it' was essentially how I recall reading the
'plain text' we'd take from what they were told.
The other was the same unit, different day but responding to a badly torn up Iraqi child. Toddler age. At that time, it was better than even odds OUR
SIDE had torn her up. Accidentally or otherwise, and the unit badly wanted a dust off or ANYTHING to move this kid to medical help. Things like that
would have made life long friendships and to-the-death loyalty in many we could have chosen to do it with ....and simply denied the requests. Iraqis
weren't what our medical wonder suites were for, I suppose..even when NOT seeing much use by those they were, as this had also mentioned early on.
I think we could have made Iraq a showcase...by *NOT* making a thing of it, while simply helping them make it as they saw fit. Instead, we
played George Washington in someone ELSE's colony, and go figure...it didn't work and they hate us. We would have hated us too. In fact ...WE DID
when some outside interference had come at points early in our nation.