Glenn Beck: ‘Liberals, You Were Right,’ We Should Never Have Gone into Iraq

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    Jun 18, 2014 11:28 PM GMT
  • tj85016

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    Jun 19, 2014 1:01 AM GMT
    or Korea, Viet Nam, Laos, El Salvador, Guatemala, Libya, on and on and on
  • wild_sky360

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    Jun 19, 2014 2:11 AM GMT
    We'll be back and we are never leaving. Sure, that war was in part a smash and grab but building the largest and most expensive embassy in the world was not just another part of that boondoggle.

    The sectarian divide that resulted from all the recent violence was the most logical plan from the start, though politically untenable at the time. Now all they need is an impartial, imperial authority to dole out the revenue shares to each demographic. Welcome back USA. Our land (military bases) is your land; just keep us from killing each other.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 19, 2014 11:00 PM GMT
    It`s amazing how many really clever people got this question wrong.

    Given the nature of the US operation there and Iraq`s culture and history, the attack and invasion, all the brave talk of nation building and democracy, it was highly likely to fail, at least in the short term. The new Iraq was always very fragile as a country, with a divisive prime minister and government, and a corrupt and ineffective state. The jihadists in Syria, finding the regime in Damascus tougher than they thought, cannot have failed to notice that next door. What happens long term is difficult to know. I think probably for now the civil war becomes much worse. For now, Iraq`s 'failed state' status becomes more and more obvious.

    The sectarian divide, Shia, Sunni, Kurd, Christian, and other pagan minorities, predates the 2003 war by centuries, but it was aggravated by the security vacuum, post Saddam Hussein. it was also perfect for extremists of all kinds to flourish.

    It might have been less bad if the US/UK had stayed a lot longer, but that would have been politically impossible in both countries. But it looks like they`re both being dragged back into the civil war anyway!
  • tj85016

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    Jun 19, 2014 11:10 PM GMT
    the old Iraq was a fragile country since it was literally a line drawn in the sand after WW1 - and we wonder why these people are pissed off