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Iraq: Reloaded

Over the last several days we’ve heard a number of “experts” tell us about the conditions on the ground in Iraq. As you recall, in Iraq we have Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis. These three ethnic factions were held together by fear, torture and intimidation. In our infinite wisdom, we killed the one thing that was holding all of this together – Saddam Hussein.

Back in 2007, we had The Surge. Basically, the surge was an effort to control the ethnic violence and prevent a civil war in Iraq. What happened in essence is that we separated the Kurds from the Shiites and from the Sunnis. This brought some relative calm to an extremely chaotic situation.

Now, it is seven years later. We’re trying to withdraw from Iraq. The Sunnis and Shiites have some unresolved business which is causing a major uptick in violence. Conservatives are calling for military intervention. Who is surprised? Sooner or later we have to leave. How much more money do you want to spend in Iraq? My answer is none.

More later.

By |2014-06-13T21:36:56-04:00June 13th, 2014|Iraq|Comments Off on Iraq: Reloaded

News Roundup: Gov. Chris Christie, Syrian Rebels, Baseball Hall Of Fame

I watched the story building for several days. I was thinking, there is no way that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be involved in something as stupid, as petty, and as blatantly disrespectful to the constituents of New Jersey as intentionally gridlocking a city. I was wrong.

From New York Times:

The mystery of who closed two lanes onto the George Washington Bridge — turning the borough of Fort Lee, N.J., into a parking lot for four days in September — exploded into a full-bore political scandal for Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday. Emails and texts revealed that a top aide had ordered the closings to punish the town’s mayor after he did not endorse the governor for re-election. (more…)

By |2014-01-09T21:11:11-04:00January 9th, 2014|Iraq, Party Politics, Rachel Maddow Show, Sports|Comments Off on News Roundup: Gov. Chris Christie, Syrian Rebels, Baseball Hall Of Fame

The Conundrum of Fallujah

I kind of felt sick when I read that Fallujah had fallen to the insurgents/Al Qaeda remnants in Iraq. It’s kind of sad when you think of all of the  blood that we spilled and now it seems that we did that for nothing. If you don’t remember, there was a huge battle for Fallujah back in 2003 and another huge battle in 2004. Americans lost over 150 servicemen.

From USA Today:

Al-Qaeda militants have seized Fallujah, a key city in western Iraq, engaging Iraqi army forces in pitched battles there in a brazen challenge to Iraq’s central government.

“The whole of Fallujah is taken,” said Qasim Abed, a member of the provincial council in the region and the former governor of Anbar. “The situation is very bad.”

Abed was reached Saturday by phone from his home in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, a mostly Sunni region west of Baghdad. He said militants have occupied police stations and government buildings throughout Fallujah and are also controlling limited parts of Ramadi. (more…)

By |2014-01-07T20:17:52-04:00January 6th, 2014|Iraq|Comments Off on The Conundrum of Fallujah
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