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    Re: Was the War in Iraq worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Saddam taking control of 20% of the worlds oil reserves would have been a crippling blow to America's economy, and would have crippled America's ability to defend itself. Saddam invaded Kuwait because they refused to slow oil production and drive the price of oil up. Saddam needed high oil prices to pay of it's war debt. (Iran-Iraq war). Whether or not you know any Kuwaitis has nothing to do with the very real impact to your life that Saddam's successful acquisition of Kuwait would have caused. Never mind the idea that unprovoked aggression against another sovereign nation is generally considered taboo in the civilized world.
    This argument seems ridiculous considering that after we took out Saddam - gas prices have been anywhere from 200% to 500% higher in the last 10 years. Your "what if" argument is nothing more than that "What if".
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    Re: Was the War in Iraq worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by a777pilot View Post
    One does not need a war to kill people. I give you Stalin, Mao and Ho. There are others mostly left wing communists/socialists.

    Every Democrat I know is still laughing at the fact that the USA pulled out of Vietnam and left the South to die. You just won't admit it, even to yourself. That doesn't mean it is not true.
    Remember history. VN was with us during WWII. They merely asked to be their own country.

    When the Japanese retreated, the people of Vietnam took the opportunity to establish their own government lead by Ho Chi Minh. However, after the end of the war, the Allies gave back south Vietnam to the French while the north was left in the hands of the non-communist Chinese. The Chinese treated the north Vietnamese very badly and support for Ho Chi Minh grew. He had been removed form power at the end of the war. The Chinese pulled out of north Vietnam in 1946 and the party of Ho Chi Minh took over - the Viet Minh.

    In October 1946, the French announced their intention of reclaiming the north which meant that the Viet Minh would have to fight for it. The war started in November 1946, when the French bombarded the port of Haiphong and killed 6,000 people. The French tried to win over the people of the north by offering them 'independence'. However, the people would not be allowed to do anything without French permission ! A new leader of the country was appointed called Bao Dai. The Russians and Eastern Europe refused to recognise his rule. They claimed that Ho Chi Minh was the real ruler of Vietnam.

    North Vietnam had a population of 16 million. It was an agricultural nation. The Viet Minh trained guerillas to go to the south to spread the word of communism. Their weapons mostly came from communist China. To the surprise of the south Vietnamese, those Viet Minh who went to the south helped them on their farms and did not abuse them. They had become used to fearing soldiers. Instead, the Viet Minh were courteous and helpful.

    South Vietnam also had a population of 16 million. Its first proper leader was Ngo Dinh Diem who was a fanatical catholic. As communism hated religion, Diem hated all that communism stood for. This is why he got America's support - he had a poor record on human rights but his rule was in the era of the "Domino Theory" and anybody who was anti-communist in the Far East was likely to receive American backing - regardless of their less than savoury background. Ngo ruled as a dictator along with his brother - Nhu. Their government was corrupt and brutal but it was also backed by America.

    Vietnam

    I suspect you don't really know many democrats, at least not well enough to know what they are laughing at.

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    Re: Was the War in Iraq worth it?

    "I suspect you don't really know many democrats, at least not well enough to know what they are laughing at."

    I use to be a Democrat.
    I came into this world fighting, screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I have no problem going out the same way.

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    Re: Was the War in Iraq worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by a777pilot View Post
    "I suspect you don't really know many democrats, at least not well enough to know what they are laughing at."

    I use to be a Democrat.
    Doesn't change what I said.

    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.

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    Re: Was the War in Iraq worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Remember history. VN was with us during WWII. They merely asked to be their own country.

    When the Japanese retreated, the people of Vietnam took the opportunity to establish their own government lead by Ho Chi Minh. However, after the end of the war, the Allies gave back south Vietnam to the French while the north was left in the hands of the non-communist Chinese. The Chinese treated the north Vietnamese very badly and support for Ho Chi Minh grew. He had been removed form power at the end of the war. The Chinese pulled out of north Vietnam in 1946 and the party of Ho Chi Minh took over - the Viet Minh.

    In October 1946, the French announced their intention of reclaiming the north which meant that the Viet Minh would have to fight for it. The war started in November 1946, when the French bombarded the port of Haiphong and killed 6,000 people. The French tried to win over the people of the north by offering them 'independence'. However, the people would not be allowed to do anything without French permission ! A new leader of the country was appointed called Bao Dai. The Russians and Eastern Europe refused to recognise his rule. They claimed that Ho Chi Minh was the real ruler of Vietnam.

    North Vietnam had a population of 16 million. It was an agricultural nation. The Viet Minh trained guerillas to go to the south to spread the word of communism. Their weapons mostly came from communist China. To the surprise of the south Vietnamese, those Viet Minh who went to the south helped them on their farms and did not abuse them. They had become used to fearing soldiers. Instead, the Viet Minh were courteous and helpful.

    South Vietnam also had a population of 16 million. Its first proper leader was Ngo Dinh Diem who was a fanatical catholic. As communism hated religion, Diem hated all that communism stood for. This is why he got America's support - he had a poor record on human rights but his rule was in the era of the "Domino Theory" and anybody who was anti-communist in the Far East was likely to receive American backing - regardless of their less than savoury background. Ngo ruled as a dictator along with his brother - Nhu. Their government was corrupt and brutal but it was also backed by America.

    Vietnam

    I suspect you don't really know many democrats, at least not well enough to know what they are laughing at.
    I read every book I could get my hands on about Vietnam and unlike most, I actually was there. So. please, try to refrain from telling me your ideas of history.
    I came into this world fighting, screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I have no problem going out the same way.

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    Re: Was the War in Iraq worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by a777pilot View Post
    One does not need a war to kill people. I give you Stalin, Mao and Ho. There are others mostly left wing communists/socialists.

    Every Democrat I know is still laughing at the fact that the USA pulled out of Vietnam and left the South to die. You just won't admit it, even to yourself. That doesn't mean it is not true.
    such bull****
    from wiki:
    ... on April 23, Ford gave a speech at Tulane University. In that speech, he announced that the Vietnam War was over "...as far as America is concerned".
    my recollection is that ford was REPUBLICAN president, who followed a REPUBLICAN president (who resigned in disgrace)

    my suggestion is those democrats' laughs you keep hearing may well have been directed at you, for proposing such nonsense
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Re: Was the War in Iraq worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by a777pilot View Post
    I read every book I could get my hands on about Vietnam and unlike most, I actually was there. So. please, try to refrain from telling me your ideas of history.
    Sorry, but so have I. And you have it factually incorrect. I can't say why you're so wrong on the facts, but you are.

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    Re: Was the War in Iraq worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    You mistake lack of action as being proof of innocence. Such is not the case.
    No, I don't, but unless a case is brought in international court, and found valid, then it's just conjecture and rumor.
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    Re: Was the War in Iraq worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    This argument seems ridiculous considering that after we took out Saddam - gas prices have been anywhere from 200% to 500% higher in the last 10 years. Your "what if" argument is nothing more than that "What if".
    That price increase is mostly a result of commodities speculators, inflation and general instability in the Middle East. Saddam was asking for a slow down in production to drive up prices, had he succeed, prices now would be considerably higher than they are.
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    Re: Was the War in Iraq worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Sorry, but so have I. And you have it factually incorrect. I can't say why you're so wrong on the facts, but you are.
    So you served in Vietnam? Interesting. Good for you.
    I came into this world fighting, screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I have no problem going out the same way.

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