INSTEAD OF RUNNING FROM THE INEVITABLE RICHARD NIXON COMPARISON, CRANKY IS EMBRACING IT.
"YOU DON'T BECOME TRICKY DICK OVERNIGHT," CRANKY EXPLAINED. "YOU HAVE TO BUILD TO IT. I LONG FOR THE DAY WHEN SOMEONE CALLS ME 'CRANKY DICK.' THAT'S WHEN I KNOW I'LL HAVE TRULY BROKEN THE GLASS CEILING FOR WOMEN. AND, YES, GALS, YOU ARE WELCOME."
Here we are just about two years later, and US soldiers wearing boots are on the ground in Iraq and Syria. The Green Zone in Baghdad has been stormed. The latest US deployments are small, but floods always start with a drip. About 217 US soldiers have been sent to Iraq to augment the more than 4,000 troops already there, along with an additional 250 sent to the urban death zone that is Syria. They're going to a place where hospitals are deliberately destroyed; a medical facility in Aleppo was recently obliterated in an airstrike, killing 14 people. The US blamed the Syrian government, the Syrians and Russians blamed the US, and the dead lie still.
"We see a continual escalation with the now 250 additional troops," said Rep. Barbara Lee. "Whenever you have troops in harm's way, unintended consequences could occur. I'm very worried that our troops, while advisers, are still in the middle of the war and without authorization from Congress." Sen. John McCain, in a rare moment of sense, said, "We used to call it 'mission creep.' I've seen this movie before. It's called Vietnam."
US troops and millions of US tax dollars continue to flood into Iraq.
It's past time that American citizens start asking why and start asking what the policy is, what the plan is.
When it comes to Iraq, the world’s attention has largely focused on the military campaign to uproot the Islamic State from its strongholds in Anbar province and Mosul. But the most consequential fight for the country’s future may be playing out in Baghdad’s Green Zone, not with bullets and bombs, but amid an unanswered cry for political reform to a deeply dysfunctional and sectarian state.
The Obama administration’s plan to defeat the Islamic State relies in part on maintaining a reliable political partner in the form of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who has so far struggled against vested interests to push through his plans to overhaul the government and fix what is widely decried as a sectarian free-for-all among Iraqi politicians.
And the three are right.
And that 'plan' is and has been wrong from day one.
That 'plan' is why Iraq is in its current state.
It's why Barack Obama has failed Iraq.
In 2010, Iraq held national elections. Nouri al-Maliki was the prime minister, having been installed by the Bully Boy Bush administration in 2006 (due to their objection to the Parliament's choice of Ibrahim al-Jaafari). In the 2010 elections, Nouri used every thing he could to try and win and yet he lost.
And yet he got a second term.
How did that happen?
Because Barack decided to give Nouri a second term.
First Nouri refused to step down.
All the whining about Iraq right now -- we'll get to it in a moment -- is just utter nonsense.
For over eight months, in 2010, nothing happened.
Nouri refused to step down after losing the elections and he brought the country to a standstill.
For eight months.
That was a crisis.
Those insisting today's a crisis have really short memories and a lack of context.
Barack had advice.
Samantha Power and Susan Rice loudly advocated for the democratic process in Iraq to be trashed and for Nouri to get a second term because, they both insisted, he would give the United States what they wanted.
What the US government has always wanted has been the hydrocarbon law passed.
The oil and gas law has always been first on the list.
It remains first on the list.
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