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posted by Ed Littlefox
Prime Minister al-Miliki ordered US Forces to abandon checkpoints in Baghdad's "Sadr City" area as of 5 PM today and to cease operations against the radical Mahdi Army militia. U.S. forces disappeared within hours of the order setting off celebrations among civilians. Small groups of men and children danced in circles chanting slogans praising al-Sadr. Armed men ringed the edge of the sprawling slum now under the control of the Mahdi Army militia run by radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Checkpoints were set up last week as U.S. troops launched an intensive search for a missing soldier, who has yet to be found.
[Edited by Don W]
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It is now time to seriously consider getting the hell out of Iraq. As this War wears on it begins to look more and more like Vietnam, and especially so today, with the seeming establishment of a "sanctuary" in Sadr City for the staunchly anti-American Mahdi Militia. [Our] "Red October" has ended with 103 American Deaths, making this the bloodiest month in more than 2 years.
Do we really want American Troops involved in yet another long War of Attrition; another Vietnam? In my opinion, we have done our job. Our "job" was to oust Saddam, and create enough stabilization to allow the Iraqi people to choose. We have done that, and it is over. They need to supply their own blood for the establishment of their own democracy, We have done enough, and it is high time we pack it up and come home. Here is your "October Surprise" Folks. [Edited by Don W]
posted by deadbang
I said it then, say it again . . it's time to leave, and let the Iraqi's sort it out. I was accused of having a "cut and run" mentality . . not so, cutting and running is something you do when you realize you have had your ass handed back to you, we haven't.
After 5 years in the U.S. Navy (81-86) I learned our role forward projection of force and protection of our interests and if necessary global ass kicker. Our politicians continually put our forces in a position of being a policeman, and cops we are not.
I would not leave U.S. forces in place one minute longer than necessary to rebuild and keep the peace . . A global alliance of military forces is like a tool box . . you gotta know when to use a wrench and when to break out the hammer! [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by wantsome
Then we end up with more fruitloops blackmailing us for oil.
I would not send the French or German troops in to wage war and defeat a common enemy, nor would I leave U.S. forces in place one minute longer than necessary to rebuild and keep the peace...
A global alliance of military forces is like a tool box...you gotta know when to use a wrench and when to break out the hammer!
what I should have said is...you gotta know when to put the hammer away and start turning wrenches...the initial assault is over...we clearly won...it's time to roll up sleeves and rebuild, something the American military was not designed to do.
posted by wantsome
I don't believe in leaving Iraq. What happens when we leave and the Shia take over? We end up with a Iraqi government alined with the Iranians. Then we end up with more fruit loops blackmailing us for oil. [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by wantsome
I'm a democrat and I don't belive in leaving Iraq. What heppens when we leave and the shea take over? We end up with a Iraqi goverment alined with the Iranians. Then we end up with more fruitloops blackmailing us for oil.
posted by niteboy82
You would sacrifice our soldiers to prevent you from being inconvenienced at home? Go sign up for the military then and get over there with a gun. Don't put my loved ones and friends in more danger because you don't want to be blackmailed for oil. Get a bike.
People that say things like this should be the first slinging a gun behind their backs and high-tailing to Iraq. If there is one thing I don't lose, even though I may despise this president, is that I will always support our soldiers.
Originally posted by donwhite
1) Wantsome did not send our soldiers to Iraq. The Gang of Four did that. Bush43, VP Cheney, The Oberfuhrer, Herr Rumsfeld and that Harmony Hound, Condo Rice.
2) "Support our troops" does not mean to park you brain at the door. You can sometimes support our troops BEST by bringing them home!
Don't always be a Bush43 patsy.