Thank you, Quazi!
Does it really matter whether the war is over if the battle continues?
There's too much theocratic idealism in Iraq for the separate church and state democracy we installed to hold for long.
We were fairly lucky with the not-so-religious Saddam's iron-fisted stability .. until he aspired to the power of a god.
As long as there are "unaccounted for" old Soviet nukes, and less available light sweet crude than needed, not only in America, but in places like China where so many of our jobs have been off-shored, if there is also just a twinge of theocratic idealism in the region, you'll find our "presence" there, doing whatever we think is necessary ..
.. To protect our world piece ..
.. Of the pie.
When the election is over and we open our eyes, it will sadly be too late to wonder what the hell just happened.
I seem to recall people claiming that the bombings and violence in Iraq only occurred because of the US troop presence, and thus the US was responsible. Well, now the US is gone, and the bombings continue. So much for that theory.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
yes, this sort of thing is much better.
How the US sent $12bn in cash to Iraq. And watched it vanish
Special flights brought in tonnes of banknotes which disappeared into the war zone
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?