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    The first Gulf War went well, though it was stopped prematurely.

    And, if we're taking about interventions that went well, they run the gamut from supplying weapons in Afghanistan, to airstrikes that ended conflicts in Bosnia and in Kosovo, as well as facilitating the overthrow of Qaddafi, and the Berlin airlift that saved that city.

    If you're noting that wars are messy business, that's true, but sometimes better than the alternative. Suppose the US-led forces didn't rescue South Korea. Suppose we didn't intervene in Libya of in the Balkans. Even as Afghanistan went to hell in a handbasket after we abandoned it, the original intervention was amazingly successful and positive. One doesn't wish for a war, of course -- but circumstances have often forced our hand. More often than not, we did the best we could with a bad  business.

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    by FischFry on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 12:13:47 PM PST

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    •  Uh, no, the first Gullf War did NOT go (0+ / 0-)

      well. If you recall, after we greenlighted Saddam's takeover of Kuwait, the Saudi's got nervous and stampeded the US into yet another stupid and pointless war.

      Did we defeat Iraq's armed forces?  Well, duh.  Did we make the Middle East more or less stable?  Less.  And the fruits of that poisonous tree led us into the totally ginned up, lawless and pointless invasion of Iraq following 9/11.

      If you think our history in Iraq , from basically helping install Saddam Hussein to supporting him in the US fomented Iraq-Iran War, providing him with intel and chemical precursors to his chemical weapons thru a $900,000,000.00 taxpayer guaranteed loan, they you're thinking is delusional at best.

      I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

      by bobdevo on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 02:54:59 PM PST

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