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    Re: CNN: 1,500 more troops to Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Or it would be a lot different if we didnt proceed in "debaathification" of the entire state, and backed someone who rejected 37% of the countries population.
    That's true to some extent, but the Baath party was merely cronies of Saddam that participated in the genocide and institutionalized rape.

    The reason Iraq lacks leadership and social infrastructure (political and otherwise) today is Saddam. It will take a generation or two to regrow the social capital he obliterated.

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    Re: CNN: 1,500 more troops to Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    ISIS has flourished under Obama, not Bush. Facts, Kobie-are stubborn things.
    ISIS couldn't flourish until the dictator who kept his bootheel on the sectarian violence was gone.

    And while ISIS didn't particularly flourish under Bush (largely because it didn't ****ing exist before the invasion), its ideological predecessor, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, most certainly did. Facts, US Conservative, are stubborn things.

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    Re: CNN: 1,500 more troops to Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Μολὼν λαβέ View Post
    Obama wanted the job and he got it. There is no excuse for poor leadership the Obama administration has provided by ignoring the known IS problem until it became unmanageable for him.

    That's just one reason Dems were voted out of office overwhelmingly on Tuesday.
    Exactly. EVERY president inherits problems from his predecessor. Greatness of a president is determined by how he handles those problems. Obama apologists continuing to blame Bush six years into Obamas term, are simply acknowledging what anyone with a brain already knows--Obama is a failure. Simply put, if you inherit a mess and after 8 years it remains a mess or has even gotten worse, you have failed as president. Period.

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    Re: CNN: 1,500 more troops to Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    I would have done the same. Iraq refused to offer our troops immunity from their barbaric laws and let them just be American. They looked a gift-horse in the mouth so **** 'em.
    Maliki refused to go to the political risk that would entail because we refused to leave a force that was effective and because we didn't back a coalition government. We didn't give him a choice.

    America has to put a stop being the world's policemen putting down squables half way around the globe.
    That's a nice thought. Who do you suppose is going to take on that burden for us?

    If we go in, we should go in hard with the full might of the mighty US military and annihilate the enemy with prejudice. Enough pussy-footing around. 15k here, 2k there. Screw that. Go big or stay home.
    Yeah. Empires have tried that approach for a few millennia of recorded history, now. Examples of it's successes are... rare and exceedingly, nigh-genocidally bloody.

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    Re: CNN: 1,500 more troops to Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Μολὼν λαβέ View Post
    Obama wanted the job and he got it. There is no excuse for poor leadership the Obama administration has provided by ignoring the known IS problem until it became unmanageable for him.

    That's just one reason Dems were voted out of office overwhelmingly on Tuesday.
    It was President George W. Bush who signed the SOFA that all troops would be out of Iraq Dec 31, 2011. President Obama tried to extend it but al Maliki said if troops stayed they could possibly be prosecuted under Sharia Law. So we left.


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    Re: CNN: 1,500 more troops to Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    "Intellectually lazy" yet you deny that wars dont have lasting affects and only blame one side of the same problem because they have a "D" next to their name
    Again, I dont deny that wars have lasting effects, but Im going to ask you straight up one more time... Can you at least agree that ISIS has flourished under Obama?

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    Re: CNN: 1,500 more troops to Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    That's true to some extent, but the Baath party was merely cronies of Saddam that participated in the genocide and institutionalized rape.
    That is not true. Many positions in the public sphere of Iraq one must be a member of the Baath Party to be held. Many technocrats were dismissed from their position based not on actions but because they were simply a member of the party. Also its important to note that if you wanted to move up in social rank, or become a mid to high level public actor you basically had to be a member of the Baath party. One could compare it to the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. If you wanted privileges, or to become a mid to high level public worker you had to be a member of the party. And the majority of these people were technocrats not "participants in genocide and institutionalized rape".

    The reason Iraq lacks leadership and social infrastructure (political and otherwise) today is Saddam. It will take a generation or two to regrow the social capital he obliterated.
    Could be or it could be that we cut off all the technocrats who have been working within the state and have experience of working with the state. And it could be that the government cut off 37% of the population from any political representation.


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    Re: CNN: 1,500 more troops to Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Again, I dont deny that wars have lasting effects, but Im going to ask you straight up one more time... Can you at least agree that ISIS has flourished under Obama?
    Did I ever deny that ISIS has flourished under Obama? The difference is I dont mereley just blame Obama because of ISIS becoming the power they are today. I blame 1.)the invasion of Iraq. 2.)the debaathification of Iraq. 3.)The Iraqi government not representing the Sunnis. 4.)the long and complicated US foreign policy in the middle east.


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    Re: CNN: 1,500 more troops to Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    ISIS couldn't flourish until the dictator who kept his bootheel on the sectarian violence was gone.
    Saddam massacred the Shia and bombed the Kurds. I think you are confusing "kept his boot heel on" with "made sure he was the main one committing".

    And while ISIS didn't particularly flourish under Bush (largely because it didn't ****ing exist before the invasion), its ideological predecessor, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, most certainly did.
    AQI was destroyed by the Surge. When we left they were down to a few hundred dudes. Then, we left, and left a vacuum. Had we continued along the steps of counterinsurgency doctrine, this wouldn't be a problem. But we got in a hurry.

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    Re: CNN: 1,500 more troops to Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    He followed the agreement established by the previous administration and the Iraqi government.
    Oh bull****!

    Please post the details of that agreement and how, exactly, that agreement led to the convenient withdrawal in time for his re-election.

    This is a lie, an outright lie.
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