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  •  Even though Bush left one hell of a mess in Iraq, (1+ / 0-)
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    Onomastic

    it was the responsibility of the new Commander and Chief, President Obama to clean up that mess as best he could.  

    Gung ho for war?  I think not.

    Responsible?  Yes.  There was no way he/we could just walk away from the mess that was Iraq.  To do so would be irresponsible.

    •  What did Obama do to "clean up that mess"? (3+ / 0-)
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      FutureNow, Jason Hackman, 2020adam

      All he did was follow Bush's SOFA and declare victory. If it wasn't for Iraq's refusal to give immunity to US forces, he'd still have at least 20,000 US troops stationed there (in addition to the 10 to 20 thousand contractors currently deployed).

      "Iraq's not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we're leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. We're building a new partnership between our nations and we are ending a war not with a final battle but with a final march toward home. This is an extraordinary achievement," he (Obama) said.

      Such hubris - second only to Bush's "Mission Accomplished".

      The only "extraordinary achievement(s)" the US accomplished in Iraq was to ensure control of it's oil and knock the country's entire infrastructure back 30-40 years.

      Crude Designs - the rip-off of Iraq's oil wealth

      Andrew Simms, Policy Director at the new economics foundation (nef) and co-publisher of thereport says: "Over the last century Britain and the US left a global trail of conflict, social upheaval and environmental damage as they sought to capture and control a disproportionate share of the world's oil reserves. Now it seems they are determined to increase their ecological debts at Iraq's expense. Instead of a new beginning Iraq is caught in a very old colonial trap."

      Louise Richards, Chief Executive of War on Want, also a co-publisher says: "People have increasingly come to realise that the Iraq war was about oil, profits and plunder. Despite claims from the politicians involved that this is a conspiracy theory, our new report gives detailed evidence to show that Iraq's oil profits, far from being used to alleviate some of the suffering the Iraqi people now face, are well within the sights of the oil multi-nationals."

      •  The President's effort to renegotiate the SOFA... (1+ / 0-)
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        Claudius Bombarnac

        has been tossed down the memory hole, and I've found that quite maddening. If given the chance, I don't think there's any question President Obama would've given the military another few years to "bring a responsible end" to our war in Iraq.

        "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

        by 2020adam on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 03:34:37 PM PDT

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