Iraq – Time To Just Leave – Again

 

The more you read about President Obama sending troops back into Iraq, the more ridiculous it seems.  We tried for more than eight years to give Iraqis the ability to secure their nation.  We gave them money, military training and American blood, even though we were warned going in that there was no solution to the ongoing feud between the Kurds, the Sunni and the Shia.  We (our leaders), did not listen.  No, we (our leaders) thought the United States could fix anything.  Even a blood feud of more than a thousand years.

Our leaders were wrong.  Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, all totally and terribly wrong.  They failed, and now we are faced with the impossible task of admitting that we as a nation failed.  And we don’t like that.  It’s a political hot potato.  Okay, fine, don’t admit it.  Just get out.  Just declare victory, blame the failure on al-Maliki and his refusal to form a coalition government and get the hell out of Iraq.  Nouri al-Maliki, was handed all the tools and he failed to make it work.   That’s his fault not ours.

Spin it anyway you want.  You can even claim that the average Iraqi is better off with this current hell-hole the Bush/Cheney regime created than he and his poor bombed-out and desperate family were with Saddam.  It won’t be true, but you can make the claim.  Like U.S. officials have done so many times before.  You can tell yourselves it’s not lying, not really.   Just “spinning” the truth a bit.  Middle Easterners might not get it.  They might see it as lying.  It’s a cultural thing…

Let the Iranians deal with it.  They have a standing army of nearly 300,000 with more than 500,000 in reserve and a fleet of jet fighters with dozens of American-built F-14 Tomcats at the tip of their aerial spear.  The Iranians are Shia.  The ruling party in Iraq is Shia.   The much-feared “ISIS” fighters are Sunni.  Get it?  Let’s pack up our Bush/Cheney illusion of “democratizing” the Middle East, and get out.  Let the Shia, the Sunni and the Kurds settle their differences for themselves.

Or maybe Cheney can put in a call to Ahmed Chalabi?  Maybe he knows something we don’t?  Again?

We can’t even negotiate a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.  How in the name of all that’s holy do United States officials think they can work out a three-state solution between the Sunni, the Shia and the Kurds?

The solution is political, not military.  And by political I mean cultural, with all the religious, ethnic and other sociological complications that make up a culture most of the U.S. cannot grasp.  George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their Neocon minions, were obviously clueless.  They’re the ones who stuck us with this mess, promising we’d be out in six months max, and now they’re retired and unaccountable.  The “do it our way or hit the highway” boys are living the good life out in the wide open spaces in Texas and Wyoming.  Yee-haw!

Just pack up and get the hell out of there.   The ongoing presence of our 104 acre “super embassy” in Baghdad, is nothing but a monument to American denial of the massive failure of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

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