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  •  Oy, Iraq. (6+ / 0-)

    The mess that Dubya and Darth Vader made just keeps on.  We went in there and screwed everything up in the name of "taking out a dictator."  Sounds good, but it has become abundantly clear that said dictator was the only thing keeping that country together, by brute force.

    The fallout has been this:  ancient fault lines were exposed, and there is no one to keep the peace.  Our "help" has was resoundingly rejected (status of forces agreement?  Hell no, please leave now!) and this result was entirely predictable, a point on which I actually agree with John McCain.

    Humanity should be far more highly evolved than to fall back on religious differences, but obviously that's not true.   The borders drawn after WWI will soon fall, and God help us when that happens, because we are in for a broad war within the Islamic world between Sunni and Shia, with the hapless Kurds thrown in for good measure...

    •  Colin Powell said "if you break it, you own it" (2+ / 0-)
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      So they kicked him out of the administration.

      Breaking Iraq was the whole point. It was intended to guarantee the MIC fodder for decades to come. It was salvation from that awful "peace dividend" from the end of the cold war.

      American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

      by atana on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 01:41:32 PM PDT

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    •  The mess started longer ago than that. (3+ / 0-)
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      After WWI, the Brits and the French redrew the map of the Middle East without the slighted regard for ethnicity.  Then in 1953 the Americans and the Brits deposed Mohammad Mosaddegh, the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, so they could prop up the Shah as an absolute monarch in order to benefit, inter alia, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now known so endearingly to all as BP).  Only hitting the top notes but I'm sure you catch my drift.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      P.S.  I should have started off by saying you made a great comment.  

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 02:22:38 PM PDT

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      •  Good point Observer (0+ / 0-)

        You could add the Reagan administrations arming of Bin Laden, Hussein and Iran and to be honest the Obama administration's policy in the middle east has been pretty clueless and reactive.

        I'm truly sorry Man's dominion Has broken Nature's social union--Robert Burns

        by Eric Blair on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 03:17:06 PM PDT

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        •  In the circumstances, I think including (0+ / 0-)

          Pres. Obama is what you might call straining at gnats.  He's not without sin but they're not mortal sins.

          We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

          by Observerinvancouver on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 04:46:29 PM PDT

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