U.S. military experts are now candidly admitting that Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist cells are regrouping and working together not only in Iraq but in the entire Middle East region thereby undoing and putting to waste everything our war mongering government has tried to accomplish over the last ten years.
Whatever the United States has gained in Iraq and Afghanistan, (and I submit it has been far less than nothing); all is completely unraveling now as the violence continues to escalate.
In short, Iraq was better off and so was the U.S. when Saddam Hussein was in power.
Trillions upon trillions of American taxpayer dollars, and thousands of precious American lives, have been flushed down the military toilet yet the situation in the Middle East has become far worse in terms of our national interests than it ever was before George W. Bush and his ambitious cadre of neocon buffoons started the mess.
Not only have average Americans gained nothing from the debacle, we’ll be paying interest and principal on that enormous debt far into the future, if not forever.
“Al Qaeda as an entity is coming back strong within the region and is doing things to destabilize governments, which, at this point in time, are still friendly to us." says Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a former military intelligence officer.
Iraq’s parliament speaker painted a grim picture of a crumbling country that is taking another beating by terrorists. "The situation is grave," Osama al-Nujaifi said during a press conference. He believes that the recent spikes in sectarian violence and political instability could ultimately lead to another bloody civil war.
Armed militants have set up their own checkpoints across the country and are executing motorists at will. Bombs are going off in places like crowded cafés killing scores of innocent people.
A large scale prison break at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison – now under Iraqi government control – has let loose on the streets as many as 250 terrorists linked prisoners.
Thousands of people are being killed every month.
Following the Abu Ghraib incident, another 250 or so inmates were freed from a second prison in Baghdad. Twenty guards and 21 prisoners were killed. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a coalition of Al Qaeda affiliates in Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility.
None of this should come as any surprise to anyone. Five years after Bush started his infamous war in Iraq and toppled Saddam’s government; chaos returned to the region which prompted the fool to send 20,000 more Marine and Army soldiers into Baghdad as part of a troop surge.
Supporters like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., applauded the move as a “turning point” in the war but any moron could have successfully predicted that it wouldn’t work. And, sure enough, today Iraq as returned to a sorry state of distrust, confusion, and despair.
This has a bunch of Washington lawmakers thinking about what they can do to turn the situation around. They’re actually itching to sacrifice even more American lives and throw away more good money after bad.
“As the Middle East becomes even more volatile, it is very important for the U.S. and Iraq to remain partners, declared Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “We can help maintain our influence in Baghdad by providing appropriate assistance to the government of Iraq in its fight against Al Qaeda, which is largely responsible for the spike in sectarian violence.”
They just never learn.
It’s starting all over again.