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Iraq’s failed policy

August 27, 2013

Forty-six people were killed in Iraq Sunday, as it becomes clearer and clearer U.S. strategy to pacify that country was a dismal, bloody, expensive failure....

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Aug-30-13 9:02 AM


I was referring to words and not actions. I agree that any involvement will be much more limited.

It's just how they try to "sell it" that gives one a sense of deja vu.

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Aug-29-13 12:53 PM

JReader I would say this is much more like Libya than Iraq as there is no way any ground troops are going into Syria. This will Cruise Missile Strikes, Air Strikes and possibly a no fly zone and that will be the extent of it. Now that said I am not saying I agree with that it is just my opinion as to what is going to happen based on 24 years in the military and 6 years as a defense contractor.

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Aug-29-13 10:23 AM

Hopefully the hard lessons learned in Iraq will be remebered when deciding the fate of Syria.

It seems somewhat ironic, but many of the reasons now being floated to justify military action in Syria by the left were the same ones used by the right regarding Iraq. What goes around comes around...

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Aug-28-13 7:34 AM

There's the million dollar question. What should we do? Mr. Obama is facing the same thing and I'm sure he's thinking the same thing: if we go in because we're "supposed" to help, these groups of people have been fighting each other for thousands of years, will it actually make a long-term difference? I'm all for helping people but if 10 years down the road not much is going to have changed, why put our troops, money on the line? I know I wouldn't want to be in Mr Obama's shoes, trying to make this decision - there's no right way out.

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Aug-27-13 11:20 PM

Ten paragraphs of editorial and not one mention of the man who gave us Bush Gulf War II. Why would The Journal do that?

Shouldn't we be building a big memorial to "W" in D.C. about now? Or, putting his picture on the dollar coin?

Hey, hey! Mission accomplished!

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Aug-27-13 11:57 AM

Syria Not that anyone cares. Congress no longer has to declare war. In the 1940’s Congress gave the president the power to use American military forces anytime he chooses. He only needs the consent of the house and senate select committees on national defense. Congress still has to pay the bill for president’s war. So does what the American people think should be done to Syria matter NO. Just as it did not matter in Iraq, yet it’s the American people who have to pay the bill.

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