Posted by Uncle Joe Leaving Iraq means that a nation 28 million people is left in s*it that they didnt ask for and isnt their fault.
Leaving Iraq shows the US and UK to be cowards who cannot face the repercussions of what they have done.
Leaving Iraq makes every single death, soldiers, civilians, insurgents worthless.
There is no reason to leave Iraq, no excuse until the misguided, poorly led and badly planned mission leaves the people of Iraq with a good government
and an ability to look after themselves.
Whatever kind of stability that can be achieved there has to be doable by the Iraqis themselves. By making it clear we are leaving they will be able
to tell us exactly what THEY need and don't instead of the US telling them what they supposedly need.
It may not be their fault but we broke it and sadly enough they will have to live with it.
This is basic pragmatics. If you or someone else has some ego problem with leaving i suggest you seek some counselling about it.
This ain't about pride or ego, it is about pragmatics and common sense.
We created chaos over two years ago and has not abated in that time with us being there, so leaving will make no real difference.
While we stay there we are the easy target of blame. Even for those things we did not directly cause. We did unleash it, and without sufficient force
to subdue it, so we do bear that blame. But the sooner we turn it over to the Iraqis the sooner it becomes their problem. And you know what? When
someone finds out they are the make or break of something they don't have time to blame anyone, they just have to get busy and try and make it
The service personel who have died in this pointless effort were worthless the day the administration listened to the lies of Chalabi and the lies
they themselves told about aluminum rocket tubes. You could ask why the adminstration in the whitehouse and CIA relied on WMD reports that were 3 to 5
years out of date.
If you are worried about the pointlessly squandered lives there, I suggest you take it up with the Whitehouse, the congress and most importantly the
American people who allowed this to happen.
Spilling more milk will not make up for previously spilt milk.
Wasting more lives will not make up for lives already wasted.
I see very little progress towards a cohesive Iraqi government.
I see strong divisions between regions developing with attendant violence.
We may see a civil war there.
But in the long run Iraq or what used to be Iraq has to find its own centers of gravity. The sooner we get out of the way the less of our resources
and lives we spend standing in the way of the inevitable.
This needs hardheaded American self interested thinking and not emotional worries about psychological effects.
Will terrorists respect me in the morning?
Frankly my dear i don't give a damn.