We might as well face it-America is destined to go back to fight -yet again-in Iraq. ISIS is simply too strong for the dysfunctional Iraqi military.As far as the Republican presidential nominee’s go, they can revise history all they want, but the nation and the world knows how we got into this mess: the Bush/Cheney team had no idea what they were doing and created what many say is the worst foreign policy disaster in our history. Yes, so many more troops died in Vietnam, but the forces unleashed by invading Iraq will be with us for years to come.That ill-conceived war uncorked factions which had been enemies for centuries-but kept in check by Saddam Hussein. Since we still are the primary superpower in the world, it will fall to us, once again, to try and clean this mess up.
President Obama didn’t have many choices in leaving a force in Iraq. The Iraqi government, then headed by a complete stooge, Nouri Al-Malakai was not really in favor of American troops being left behind, and this inept buffoon, another mistake left over by Bush/Cheney, kept the divisions between Sunni & Shiites as an on-going factor which would always prevent a unified Iraq.There was always a legitimate question of letting Iraqi’s protect themselves: well-that may never work out. The Kurds up north are almost a separate nation and the only sector of that country which seems to function somewhat normally. Keep in mind just how many mistakes were made after the initial invasion in 2003: another incompetent piece of the Bush/Cheney pathetic puzzle, was Paul Bremer, hired to oversee the provisional government in Iraq-post invasion. This moron still tries to argue that his decision to disband the Iraqi army was the right thing to do. At least George W. Bush basically keeps his mouth shut. I’m sure his mom suggested doing that in case Jeb ever ran for office.
It’s become obvious that no amount of training is going to get the Iraqi military combat ready enough to protect their own country. Besides Afghanistan, it was our longest war ever and to this day-that military is a bunch of cowards who can’t defeat ISIS. With all that oil, and being in such a strategic location in the Mideast, we can’t just allow Iraq to fall to this band of murderous maniacs. It would be nice to go back in there with a major coalition but that may not be so easy. Much of the rest of the world knew we were making a mistake since their intelligence suggested there were no WMDs. The French, German’s and Russians tried to tell us that the WMD idea was a myth. Did we listen? No-in fact we put our faith into some guy nicknamed “curveball”. Unfortunately, “curveball” was a screwball-even the Russians knew it and tried to warn us. We didn’t listen because the Bush/Cheney crowd were looking for a reason to invade.
No better prophecy about war was made than the remarks of then Secretary of State Colin Powell to President Bush regarding the pottery rule of “you break it-you own it“. We unleashed the brutal forces and now we have to try once more to replace bloody chaos with some form of organized peace. God knows how many troops we’ll lose this time, but it appears too much ground is being lost, and something more that aerial bombing will be needed in the not-too-distant future. This on-coming dilemma may not be good for Jeb Bush. Not only will it keep the memory of the Bush quagmire on people’s minds, it will also bring up the recent inability of Jeb to articulate what he would have done in the same circumstance. He blew that question when asked a few weeks back.
Both Bush presidencies have left us with on-going nightmares: obviously Iraq is the gift that will keep on giving left over by George W Bush, and his dad left us with Clarance Thomas: an incompetent hack and choice which was seen as an obvious gift to the extreme right who never trusted George H W Bush in the first place. With a Supreme Court tilted to the right-America became the unlucky respondents of the Citizens United decision which now floods an already corrupt political system with even more cash. It should be the task of anyone running against Jeb Bush to remind every voter in the United States just what the Bush family has left for our nation: a never ending war in the Mideast, a dunce on the Supreme Court, and an economic crisis just this side of the Great Depression. Talk about Bush league.