View Poll Results: Back to Iraq?

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  • Yes, with some amount of troops.

    3 6.98%
  • No, we'll stay out indefinitely.

    17 39.53%
  • We'll do minimalist advisers, air force and/or drone attacks.

    13 30.23%
  • It's a watch and wait situation for now.

    10 23.26%
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    3 6.98%
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    Re: Back to Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    the only way i can approve of american involvement in iraq is by issuing a proper declaration of war. because that is the only way we can get involved in iraq without violating the law.
    That tangential, but ok. So what if Obama refuses to go to congress? And one other thing-when war is declared it IS NOT against the civilians of that nation-earlier you made that statement. War is against the military and leadership of that nation, NOT its non-combatants-thats critical to understand.

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    Re: Back to Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by WillyPete View Post
    This is not something I've followed closely, but apparently there are signs that's not as true as it once was.
    They are trying to make nice with the Kurds while they fight ISIS on Turkeys border. Lets say they give that land to the Kurds. Iraq too.

    And then those Kurds decide to use that land to launch military operations in Syria and Iran-what then? Well then Iran and Syria might expand the conflict. If this was easy to fix it would have been fixed.

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    Re: Back to Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    1) Read your initial post to me again. Its filled with bizarre delusions and silly phrases like no blood for oil. 2) If you believe that as true, why would you use (and pay!) for a computer made of oil based products? 3) Is it because you like blood? 4) The oil used to make your computer didn't just magically appear, it had to be located, harvested, and refined. This applies to anything made of plastic in your home. 5) If you disagree with my comments regarding energy, kindly link to the current US energy demands, and show WHAT source, other than oil can meet that demand.
    1) Statement of opinion- Poster has a hard time looking past his own bizarre ideology...whatever it is.

    2) Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc.

    3) Statement of delusion - Poster cannot differentiate between a metaphor and literal language.

    4) Poster has lost the concept that the thread is about sacrificing human lives for oil.

    5) Considering the posters treats his own opinions as facts without verification, he should be the first one to offer proof.

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    Re: Back to Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    They are trying to make nice with the Kurds while they fight ISIS on Turkeys border.
    They have also become major trade partners, doing twice as much business with the Kurds as they do with the rest of Iraq. This isn't a short term convenience thing.

    I'm not opposed to supporting Iraqi troops against ISIS, with limited ground presence. What I'm not seeing so far is any reason to believe that this time will work, when our last several efforts have failed.

    I'd expect they will (again) fight until they can not longer advance their cause, and then they will withdraw until we leave again (even if it takes years,) and then reappear.

    Does your plan include a counter for this?

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    Re: Back to Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paxaeon View Post
    1) Statement of opinion- Poster has a hard time looking past his own bizarre ideology...whatever it is.

    2) Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc.

    3) Statement of delusion - Poster cannot differentiate between a metaphor and literal language.

    4) Poster has lost the concept that the thread is about sacrificing human lives for oil.

    5) Considering the posters treats his own opinions as facts without verification, he should be the first one to offer proof.
    In other words, you have nothing, and prefer to stick to your baseless claims. Thanks.

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    Re: Back to Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by WillyPete View Post
    They have also become major trade partners, doing twice as much business with the Kurds as they do with the rest of Iraq. This isn't a short term convenience thing.

    I'm not opposed to supporting Iraqi troops against ISIS, with limited ground presence. What I'm not seeing so far is any reason to believe that this time will work, when our last several efforts have failed.

    I'd expect they will (again) fight until they can not longer advance their cause, and then they will withdraw until we leave again (even if it takes years,) and then reappear.

    Does your plan include a counter for this?
    Turkey wont let its Kurdish region go because they are trading with local Kurds, neither will Syria, Iraq, or Iran. Although this is a good time to try for independence. The kurds always get sassy when their nations are under stress.

    When you ask why things will work this time-its important to note that the surge against insurgents in Iraq DID work. Our presence there DID work. Our withdrawal was based not on military success or failure but rather on politics. Obama ran on ending both wars, and he wants that to be his legacy, even if it means millions may die, and the US might be attacked again. Our mistake was leaving, frankly a minimal presence would have likely prevented this. The FSA, and ISIS were fighting in Syria and often withdrew to Iraq knowing Syria wouldnt follow, and that there were no longer americans there. This should have been squashed at that time-but again politics. Tragically the same scenario is being set up in Afghanistan currently-the intentional losing of a conflict for political purposes.

    Frankly, long term the best option may be to keep a limited presence in both nations for an extended period-much like Europe and Japan post ww2.
    To have fought these wars only to leave the region to an expanding terrorist state-which WILL result in the deaths of Americans, especially in the context of WHY we went to war after 9/11 would be insane. To leave it to our geopolitical adversaries Russia and Iran would be a disaster. It would undermine anything we have done or will do. There are politicians like Obama and Biden who were willing to lose these wars even back before the troop surge-and all for politics.

    To leave that neighborhood in the state it is now in would be a disaster-not just now but long term.

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    Re: Back to Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Frankly, long term the best option may be to keep a limited presence in both nations for an extended period-much like Europe and Japan post ww2.
    I think you may be right, but this isn't the war that was sold to the citizenry. I think if we had pitched it that way, we might have avoided the whole situation. It's clear to me that the U.S. has no appetite for the war you are describing, 9/11 notwithstanding.

    How long are we prepared to babysit Iraq? Let's say we stay for 20 more years and keep the peace. What's to stop the (now thoroughly suppressed) jihadists from reemerging then?

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    Re: Back to Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Oil prices are largely set on the world stage, so even more local drilling is unlikely to drop costs significantly. What we DO have, is hundreds of years of oil, and the likelyhood that new reserves and harvesting techniques will be developed. And we can send money to our allies or at least not our geopolitical adversaries. Thats what we should be doing now. And beyond that, there is no substitute that even comes close to meeting our demands.

    As far as the taxes, maybe instead of thinking how you can punish Americans to make them think more in line with you (how independent), instead think of the risks as they exist today. You know what makes people hawkish? A terrorist attack, as well as daily news about the constant violence from islamists.

    ISIS was a more radical AQ, and they have been fighting for quite some time, all over the world. This is becoming a beacon for terrorists. Hit them there or they will hit us here. They openly state this as a goal.
    no more unfunded wars. tax rates should go up for everyone during time of war, including the lower socioeconomic classes. for the wealthiest, the rates should be nearly confiscatory; 70+ percent, and investment income should be taxed as income.

    right now, no one fights the hawks when they sign us up for a new war, because those of us who don't go don't have to pay anything. there's even somewhat of an incentive for war, because a major industry makes money from it. when troops are deployed, everyone should have to make a financial sacrifice. war should be completely economically unappealing, and this should provide an incentive to only use it as a last resort.

    it's funny how the right forgets about fiscal responsibility when the discussion turns to war. **** that. no more unfunded wars. we should enact wartime tax rates every time we engage in a military action, and they should stay in place until the troops come home.

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    Re: Back to Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    no more unfunded wars. tax rates should go up for everyone during time of war, including the lower socioeconomic classes. for the wealthiest, the rates should be nearly confiscatory; 70+ percent, and investment income should be taxed as income.

    right now, no one fights the hawks when they sign us up for a new war, because those of us who don't go don't have to pay anything. there's even somewhat of an incentive for war, because a major industry makes money from it. when troops are deployed, everyone should have to make a financial sacrifice. war should be completely economically unappealing, and this should provide an incentive to only use it as a last resort.

    it's funny how the right forgets about fiscal responsibility when the discussion turns to war. **** that. no more unfunded wars. we should enact wartime tax rates every time we engage in a military action, and they should stay in place until the troops come home.
    Agreed. If there isn't shared sacrifice, it's pretty easy to be pro-war.

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    Re: Back to Iraq?

    Quote Originally Posted by WillyPete View Post
    I think you may be right, but this isn't the war that was sold to the citizenry. I think if we had pitched it that way, we might have avoided the whole situation. It's clear to me that the U.S. has no appetite for the war you are describing, 9/11 notwithstanding.

    How long are we prepared to babysit Iraq? Let's say we stay for 20 more years and keep the peace. What's to stop the (now thoroughly suppressed) jihadists from reemerging then?
    The Iraq war was poorly sold-too much emphasis was placed on particular threats, and not enough on the long term plan. We were fully justified in going to war there, for many reasons beyond wmd's. The American public was told it this would not be a short term thing-that we are in it for the long haul, though I understand people being war weary. That said, after a long war, to abandon that nation and to leave it to the same wolves we are fighting elsewhere makes no sense. I care about the US much more than those nations-but we can't allow our fatigue to make this a failed war. We've gone too far, and the threats are as serious if not more so than they were in 2001. Im not saying we should write a blank check in perpetuity about our presence, but as of now its the smart play.

    I see us staying there as proof that we actually care about the nations we go to war with. Its been said that the best thing to happen to some nations is to be militarily engaged with the US-because it means within a few decades they will have a much improved life and we will buy their cars. We should fight to help those that we have left there.

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