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When the U.S. abdicates,
disaster usually follows

Wall Street Journal, by Philip Terzian

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Posted By:grace52, 8/27/2014 7:50:13 AM

The gradual disintegration of Iraq has prompted any number of backward glances: At President Obama and his policies; at the stewardship of Iraq´s now ex-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ; at the forces of religion and tribalism. My own backward glance is to January 2008, and the early stages of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. At a town meeting in New Hampshire, candidate Sen. John McCain was asked to comment on President George W. Bush´s assertion that American troops might have to remain in Iraq for 50 years.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 8/27/2014 8:41:03 AM     (No. 9982913)

Subscription required. Isn´t that against Lucianne policy?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/27/2014 8:42:23 AM     (No. 9982917)

When the U.S. involves itself where it has no real national interests and no exit strategy, disaster usually follows, too. From Vietnam to Iraq, fight to some level of stalemate with less than full effort, eschew victory when it presents itself, then leave to cut the losses on a stupid, double-down political "conflict" ultimately lost by the locals.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Gorzabozo, 8/27/2014 10:01:08 AM     (No. 9983023)

Would appreciate it if in the future it would be noted that a site requires subscription. Personally, I don´t give hits to subscription sites. Just doing my small part to drive down hits for subscription sites. Fewer hits eventually means less ad revenue. Ref: New York Times print edition.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 8/27/2014 11:58:20 AM     (No. 9983199)

Note: Whenever I want to read something that´s behind a stupid paywall, I just Google the title, et VOILA!

McCain´s answer of "maybe 100" was as straightforward and good advice as his "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran" tune in April, 2007. Too bad we didn´t listen to both.

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disaster usually follows
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Posted By: grace52- 8/27/2014 7:50:13 AM     Post Reply
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