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A video I made during the Iraq war. So much sadness, so much pain, was it really necessary? We need to reexamine our reasons to go to war, so a war of choice (NOT OF NECESSITY) can never happen again. thinkingblue

Was the Iraq War Necessary?
By Editorial Office On February 23rd, 2011

Given the present economic conditions facing the world, rising unemployment and public dissatisfaction with dictators and oppressive regimes, was the U.S. led Iraq war really necessary? Might Saddam Hussein have been toppled from power by his own people at some point, particularly in this spreading democratic movement through the region?
Saddam Hussein
It will remain a question that will haunt the legacy of former President George W. Bush for many years. However, our view is that the war was not necessary, though of all the Mid-East potentates, Hussein was likely the last to fall.

Some may speculate whether the Americanization of the Iraqi government sowed the seeds of democratic thought in the region. Perhaps there is a scintilla of truth in that, but the more likely cause of the revolutions is a growing dissatisfaction with poverty and unemployment. Coupled with a number of leaders who’ve stolen vast sums, live like kings while their people starve, social media provided the communication tool to network those dissatisfied citizens where America’s previous communications with rebel groups has failed for decades. MORE HERE

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Superpole, Lying eyes, downsouth

    A search for truth will find injustice!

    by thinkingblue on Sat May 26, 2012 at 11:13:12 AM PDT

  •  Tipped, But (3+ / 0-)
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    Lying eyes, thinkingblue, downsouth

    I'm not sure why this is a question at this point?

    Help me out here.

    "I don't feel the change yet". Velma Hart

    by Superpole on Sat May 26, 2012 at 11:16:39 AM PDT

    •  We all know (those who think that is) (0+ / 0-)

      That the Iraq war was not necessary, at least from a common sense standpoint. But too many Americans still believe it was a just war. I guess the sadness of this day... (Since Iraq, I don't think of hotdogs and hamburgers, on Memorial Day, I think of all the suffering war causes.)  
      So when I looked back on my mind set in 2007 (via the video)  I remember how totally helpless I felt about the longevity of that war which was suppose to be a quickie (according to Cheney and his neocons) where we would be greeted with flowers and candy (oh how they lied).

      Their promise that the invasion would be a cakewalk and that U.S. soldiers would be greeted with flowers and candy didn’t quite pan out. Now, the fruits of their labor are clear for all to see — a broken country, devastated by war and sectarian strife, with no discernible end in sight. From this site: http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/...
      A Good Read.
      Thanks for the comment.

      A search for truth will find injustice!

      by thinkingblue on Sat May 26, 2012 at 12:24:55 PM PDT

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  •  I think what Superpole is alluding to is.... (0+ / 0-)

    that you're preaching to the choir, here.  You'll be hard pressed to find anyone on this site who doesn't agree that the Iraq War was a war of choice.  I agree with you that too many Americans still think it was a just war.  Thing is, those Americans aren't here at Daily Kos.  Tipped anyway, for the good intentions.

  •  Ten Years Ago -- in May 2002 (0+ / 0-)

    Ten years ago, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and all the other GOP warmongers were setting things up for an illegal, unneccessary, immoral War.  

    Class dismissed.  

  •  My students have no idea this is even a question. (0+ / 0-)

    It is history to them, and the government in history did right. Most of them have no knowledge of Bush, and Obama is a lot of evil.

    They don't understand the world. It is one of the reasons that the 25-18 vote is so split. My students, in bright red rural iowa is for Ron Paul.

    We need to keep asking this question and answering. Yes, Iraq was a war of choice that was suppose to be short, cheap, and provide us with plenty of oil.

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