I knew from the moment 'shock and awe' was unfolding we would be affected for decades, not just now.
My thinking is far more than the worn out, we can't stop sacrificing troops because we foolishly started a HUGE mess and now are trying to justify it with even more lives.
No, the SoFA was pooched from the git-go, Iraq made a HUGE stink about contractors being outside their law (and some thought outside our law as well). Maliki was firmly set on showing HIS country he was no stooge.
It is difficult to see Obama arrogance when he followed BushII and his catastrophe, the hubris was of epic proportions!
As a former NCO let me clue you in on 'leadership'- America is not about to be 'lead' back into Iraq- don't givadamn who you think can get that done.
If I didn't respond to your diatribe, it's possible you may have
engaged in revisionism or broad sweeping generalizations.
I don't have time for either, and you're probably on my IGNORE list.
First of all thank you very much for your service and I respect your opinion. I had three family members with a different one and those three family members aren't Progressives as you claim to be. They don't like war either but liking war isn't the issue, others in the world want to destroy our way of life and are doing a good job of it with progressives in charge of our defenses today.
We were affected for decades after every war and it is progressive policies which cause us to lose wars or lose the gains generated by our brave forces. It really is a shame that the world doesn't have your values but rather understand one thing and one thing only, FORCE.
It is too late to put troops back into Iraq as we lost the peace when Obama's arrogance showed through. He hated Iraq as much as most liberals here and showed it by his dealings with the govt. of Iraq. He destroyed the good will generated by our troops and the gains created by their efforts. Here is a good non partisan article on the subject
Is the violence in Iraq Obama's fault? - Page 2 - CBS News
Obama was against the war from the beginning and did nothing to follow Bush's efforts or gains although he tried to do it in Afghanistan and is now generating the same results as we have in Iraq today.
Obama is a perfect example of what happens why you ignore the resume and buy the rhetoric. This country elected an incompetent and the results we are seeing today prove it. The economy is a mess and the country is less safe today than it was when he took office. That is reality, live with it. Saying your sorry is going to be too late.
You are good at spin... Baghdad was dangerous- few US civilians wandered the streets of Baghdad. Howsomever going out on patrol to and from the airport (Highway of Death) and small unit patrols that were bait for contact outside of Baghdad.
or do you have first hand experience of that as well????