Originally posted by Kedgwick[/I] I'm sure your aware that Iran was defending it's borders in this war and was NOT the aggressor. [Edited
by Don W]
I concur with Kojac’s recollection. Do I have Iraq/Iraq mixed with Kuwait and Iraq in thinking there was some legitimate basis for a border dispute
between Iran and Iraq?
Originally posted by ShadowXIX[/I] That’s the official start . . the truth is rarely so cut and dry . . there were numerous skirmishes on
the border . . Iran was bombing the border villages on the Iraqi side . . One of the attacks was on an Iraqi university I believe . . the Ayatollah
Khomeini made numerous public statements about exporting the revolution. Seeing that Iraq has a [Shiite] majority as Iran where do you think he was
talking about exporting it too? [Edited by Don W]
Well, ShadowXIX, that war was waged from 1980 to 1988. There were over 1 million KIAs, MIAs and WIAs in the war. The cost is estimated to have been
$US1.2 T. Some call it the longest conventional war in the 20th century but I prefer to think of the fight Vietnam waged to be free of colonialism,
which is called the “10,000 Days War” to be the longest. I guess the operative word is “conventional.”
Whatever was the truth on the ground in the 1980s, it is an entirely new scenario today. An undeclared preemptive strike initiated by the American
President was text-book successful. Starting with a early morning “Beheading Strike” on March 18 (that failed) and ending with a “MISSION
ACCOMPLISHED” celebration on May 1. 2003, aboard the USS Lincoln, Which celebration turned out to be rather more than just premature.
America will soon be “CELEBRATING” the 3rd anniversary of the Second Punitive Expedition to Iraq. (The first being in 1991.) I don’t know if Geo
W will be making any speeches this coming Saturday or not. Most likely he’ll be in Crawford. Way out of harms way. Cindy Sheehan stay home! Maybe
VP Cheney or the OBERFUHRER will sound off? For some, the bottom line issue is, have 2,300 of our young men and women died in vain in Iraq? No
pictures of returning corpses draped in flags, please. BAD for the government’s public image. BAD for the public’s morale. Dead bodies tend to
raise questions. AND, WHO will be the last American to DIE in Iraq?
Looks like Geo W’s second term will go down in history. Start with his RANT against Social Security. He could not get an applause from even the
hand picked audiences. Hmm? OK, Geo W has a wonderful way of passing on the next item. Harriet Meiers. She was the BEST qualified candidate, Geo W
said. And there she was gone. Next item, please.
Always lurking in the background is IRAQ. Sure, the Iraqi have voted often enough to be declared DEMOCRATS. Well, with a small “d.” Sometimes we
had to tell the Iraqis how to vote, but what’s new? Oops, came Hurricane Katrina. Geo W proclaimed on national tv, “Hey Mike, you’re doing a
heck of a job!” Then Hurricane Rita. Then they caught Jack Abramoff. Geo W pulls a St. Peter on us, says he “DID NOT KNOW JACK ABRAMOFF.” Turns
out Jack has been to Crawford on the ranch almost a DOZEN times. North Korea? Where’s that? India and the NPT? Hey, we’ll go unilateral on that
one, sez Geo W. “If I say it’s ok, it’s ok!”
ASIDE. What did Richard Nixon say about Mayer Daley of Chicago in 1960? What did Al Gore say about Florida in 2000? I am from a state that until
around 1970, you really did not know who won a close race. It depended more on who was still “counting” than who got the most votes. By the end of
the 1970s, Kentucky had replaced all its old pull the lever down voting machines with optical scanners with a paper trail. From that day forward, Ky
counted more than 1.2 million votes in an election in less than 2 hours. It is hard to STEAL an election when the returns are known in two hours after
the polls close. Lesson?
RESUME. The issue now is how can the U.S. get out of Iraq without looking to the rest of the world that we are pulling a 1975 Saigon rerun? (For you
youngsters, the U.S. fled Vietnam in 1975 by helicopters flying from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Very inglorious.) Even though we have
been lamely trying to claim the overthrow of Saddam justified all the misery we are putting the Iraqis through, even a Texas National Guard miscreant
is finding it hard to see a silver lining in this DARK CLOUD.
IF THE US HAD A PARLIAMENTARY FORM OF GOVERNMENT, WE COULD RID OURSELVES OF GEO W. TODAY. INSTEAD, WE ARE OBLIGED TO DO PENANCE UNTIL 2009. GOD SAVE