A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
On the other hand, the ME is so insane in its culture that Iraq is resistant to allowing US troops on the ground for political reasons.
On the bright side, if the US can manage to get through this crisis with ISIS destroyed and Iraq intact it will go a long way to returning US to prominence in the ME.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
At the same time...the government of Iraq...hell...the PEOPLE of Iraq need to step up. That part of the equation I put on Bush. He should have told them in no uncertain terms...you have us here for 5 years. After that...we will support you but you have to EARN your freedom and that means you have to stand up against ****heads like ISIS. Instead...we piddled around for 8 years following the end of the war against Iraq. Thats horrible post war management and ops.
In and out and in and out and in and out and in and out. 1. Why have an embassy there? 2. Why not remove our people all together instead 275 troops vs. 10,000 psychotic terrorists?
Obama is lost. Does anyone believe he did not contemplate something like this happening when nearly 100% of the Washington buttheads knew it would? Impeach Obama.
ISIS wants an islamic dictatorship.
Saddam had a secular dictatorship, hell, he had people in his inner circle who were jews and christians.
Iran would, given the chance, throw it's weight around and support a puppet shiite government in iraq.
Which one is worse? Well, at least in Saddams' Iraq you didn't have to worry about islamist training camps for terrorists coz he wouldn't permit them (not because he was a fan of fighting terrorism but because he knew that they'd be islamist and rise against him, like it happened in Libya a few years ago and in syria). And Iran is a rogue state currently. I mean, I share Christophers' Hitchens belief that in the short future, maybe by 2030, Iran will come around as the current generation of people who are now in their 20s grow up and whom despise the current totalitarian regime and who have a tendency to be less religious and less extremist. But that's a long time away. And may never happen, I mean, there is no certainty. Totalitarian regimes have survived on even less public support. Repression doesn't need a 1-1 exchange.