"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury." Attributed to Alexander Tytler
Obama: Thanks for that overlapping war, similar to the one LBJ gave to Nixon.
Bush: Here's Maliki but I can't get a SOFA without Sharia but signed a withdrawal for 2010 anyway.
Obama: I'm sure your GOP will work with me as my DEMs helped you with your Medicare part D ****-up.
Bush: Fool me once, shame on --shame on you; Fool me, you can't get fooled again.
Obama: Of all the things to say to one billion Muslims, why "bring it on" ?
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Some call it Reagan winning the Vietnam war.
To be fair and true to my Vietnam friends who have now passed away and are still alive,
I must believe that Reagan was trying to bring closure to a Nation still divided.
And bring the Vietnam Veterans back into the fold of society.
I remember how my buddies were turned away by their own VFWs.
It wasn't long after Reagan's 1984 speech, 1985 and 1986 respectively, that New York and Chicago had huge parades for Vietnam Veterans .
Chemists Have Solutions .
Though I can't find any Reagan comments until he switched parties.
We all saw what happened when MacArthur got too close to China's border.
At this point, I would like to point out how incredibly brilliant MacArthur's 'left hook' from the sea at Inchon was.
Cutting across Korea and trapping the North Koreans.
But he wouldn't stop when he was told to by this President and the Chinese came over the border.
The 'left hook' was also used by Schwarzkopf in Iraq-one with similar results.
Only this time Bush-41 told his generals where to stop and they did.
It's been said Haiphong harbor had Russian nukes--Vietnam Vets would know better than I.
If you find it on a map, you can see where a 'right-hook' could have cut North Vietnam in half all the way to Cambodia.
Needless to say, the Red Chinese and Soviets would have reacted .
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If this cut-and-run surprises Mr. Obama's Secretary of Defense, it shouldn't. We can expect to see more of the same skittishness, shown in various ways, from nations who either are or might have been our allies. When the United States is strong and stands by its commitments to those nations, it makes them more willing to follow our lead. But when it disappears on or even betrays its allies, they realize we are not standing behind them--and react accordingly.
With this president, every government in the world knows it is dealing with a weak sister, and that there is no U.S. foreign policy worthy of the name. Mr. Obama's shameful appeasement of the Islamists who rule Iran has encouraged them to become more aggressive in Iraq, among other places, and that has put the Sunni population there in a very difficult position. Most of them probably don't much like the evil jihadists in ISIS, but they may well consider them less of a threat than millions of Iraqi Shiites--some of whom are also jihadists--under heavy Iranian influence. Any sense that they are all countrymen and can trust each other seems to be almost completely missing.
The U.S. cannot live with ISIS, and neither can the rest of the civilized world. The ugly truth is that the people fighting for that group are fanatics who are determined to kill not only unbelievers in that region, but unbelievers like us. They have a vast safe haven, and they have plenty of money and plenty of time to draw their plans. Americans will never be safe from large terrorist attacks--possibly another 9/11, or even worse--while ISIS exists. Defeating it probably would not require killing every last person who fights for it, but it would certainly require killing most of them. It should be obvious we cannot rely on Iraqi forces to do the job, and it should also be obvious that it will not get done with the small and half-hearted air campaign that has been the main feature of the U.S. effort so far.
Last edited by matchlight; 05-24-15 at 11:18 PM.
Sorry, but it was the Bush Administration that tinkered with something they did not understand. It starts with the fact that Iraq is not a real country, but something that was kludged together at the end of the Ottoman Empire. Its no wonder when you broke the glue that held the mess together (the strong arm dictator names Saddam) and had no clue how you were going to pick up the pieces that you were not going to be able to put the country back together. The NeoCons naivette on this extended to a policy of de-baathification, which involved removing Sunni's from power (including disbanding the military, the power structure of which was largely Sunni). The government that the NeoCons chose to support was Shiaa, which put us on the side of Iran..... So, with the Sunni run from power and all of the command and control expertise of the military now out of work Sunni, its no wonder they set up shop across the street.
The reason the Iraqi military is ineffective is that its command and control was gutted in de-baathifcation AND the current military is of a country that really does not exist. No one wants to die for Iraq. Its a mess and there is very little the US can do about it. Its too bad we had to spend between $2 and $6 Trillion dollars knocking of a two-bit dictator that had is finger in the dyke of middle east war and peace. But, that was the Bush Administration: brass, crass and stupid.
We Dems apologize that we could not fix in seven years what Bush screwed up in eight.
Last edited by upsideguy; 05-24-15 at 11:38 PM.