The U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction just released a 172-page report to President Obama and Congress. His conclusion: "
remains an extraordinarily dangerous place … It is less safe, in my judgment, than 12 months ago." Iraq
It’s the same story in
. Assassinations, bombings, shootings, rocket launchings, and other violence are rampant. June was the worst month in two years for Afghanistan forces in U.S. ; 15 soldiers were killed. As the year-end withdrawal deadline nears the mayhem escalates. Most of the problem is Shiite Muslim militias who simply can’t wait for Americans to leave. Iraq
Don’t forget the Kurds, Sunni and Shiite Muslims out in the Iraqi provinces. They’re shooting and bombing each other with abandon too. There is no such thing as stability anywhere in
or Iraq . It’s a safe bet that all hell will break loose if the Americans do leave as promised. Staying would only postpone the inevitable chaos. Afghanistan
That’s when the all out civil wars will begin. The puppet governments we installed will fold like paper napkins. And that’s when any hope of achieving anything from our involvement will instantly vaporize.
Trillions of dollars will have been squandered thanks to former president George W. Bush. Had he not involved the
in these quagmire wars, a Republican would probably have been elected president in 2008, Obama would still be the Jr. Senator from U.S. , the economy would not have tanked, and the current financial crisis would have most likely been avoided. Illinois
The biggest lie in the politician’s trick box is that these wars to nowhere are necessary for the nation’s defense. They aren’t. Neither
nor Afghanistan posed any credible threat to the Iraq before we invaded and occupied those nations. We simply stirred up a hornets nest in the United States Middle East.
The Taliban are still running things in
, ready to take over completely once again when the Afghanistan withdraws. Our involvement was all for nothing. We had several other options for dealing with the Al Qaeda terrorists; far less dangerous and expensive options. The Taliban might even have delivered Al Qaeda to us on a silver platter had President Bush done things differently. U.S.
Not that it matters much now, but a good argument can be made that there were only two wars which were necessary to actually defend our country – the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Our country was invaded by enemy forces then. Not so in the case of all the other conflicts and wars.
Pearl Harbor was not an invasion. The Japanese had no intent to occupy . They just wanted to cripple the U.S. Pacific fleet so they could carry on their conquest of Hawaii Asia.
There was no threat to the
population in 1914. No one wanted war with us. Had United States not joined the fray in America would probably have prevailed, and Hitler would not have come to power to start WWII. The Nazi’s would not have been. The communists might not have touched off the Russian Revolution and Stalin would not have arisen. No World War II; no protracted cold war with World War I, Germany ; no nuclear arms race, if only Russia had stayed out of WWI. America
Had the Japanese, without American interference, succeeded in their conquest of Asia, the Chinese communists would not have materialized to plague China far worse than the Japanese would; no communists in China, Korea, or Vietnam; no Korean or Vietnam Wars.
By now, all of
Asia might be just as prosperous and free as the Japanese. Either that or the empire might just as well have crumbled of its own weight as has every other empire before it. So, no war with if only Japan had remained neutral. America
There is not a single war or conflict since 1814 which was necessary to defend the
from a foreign enemy invasion with intent to occupy. The Civil War was not about defense, at least not on the Union side where it was all offense. United States of America
It too was just another war to nowhere.