Why Wait? Ask Now: Who Lost Iraq?

Why Wait? Ask Now: Who Lost Iraq?

President Barack Obama has announced that U.S. combat troops will leave Iraq before the end of 2011, ending nine years of military action that have wrecked the economy and cost the lives thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

There is a question U.S. war-hawks always ask, trying to shift blame for military defeat to those who tried to stop them from using war as an instrument of foreign policy:

Who lost China?

Who lost Vietnam?

I can hear the partisan mutterings already:

Who lost Iraq?

Well, who put us there in the first place, on a pretext?

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3 Responses to “Why Wait? Ask Now: Who Lost Iraq?”

  1. mikeb302000 Says:

    I can’t wait to see if Obama reneges on this one too. It won’t matter in his reelection though given the silly competition, but it’ll be fun to see how they spin it in January.

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    mikeb302000 wrote: It won’t matter in his reelection though given the silly competition ….

    That remains to be seen. To paraphrase the late George Carlin, think about how dumb the average voter is. Remember: half of them are even dumber than that.

    …it’ll be fun to see how they spin it in January.

    They’ve already started. Governor Perry was in the Air Force and has financial support from defense contractors, so he’ll bang the drum the loudest.

  3. Mike Licht Says:


    See? That didn’t take long:

    “Republicans take Obama to task over Iraq withdrawal,” Philip Sherwell, Sydney Morning Herald

    “Graham: GOP candidates need to challenge Obama on national defense,” Clark Brooks, Greenville News

    Reaction from the families of U.S. Troops:

    “Relief, joy at Fort Bliss after announcement of Iraq withdrawal,” Martin Savidge, CNN

    Reaction from pizza policy and sausage strategy expert Herman Cain:

    “Cain criticizes Obama’s Iraq strategy as he courts Iowa football vote,” Lindsey Boerma, CBS News

    A nonpartisan sceptical view:

    “Happy End To The Eternal Iraq War That Is Not Really Ending,” Kirsten Boyd Johnson, Wonkette

    It’s not all negative. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann has found someone she actually wants to tax:

    “Bachmann: Iraq Must ‘Reimburse’ for War,” Nathan Hodge, Wall Street Journal

    “Iraq war: Mission failed,” Michael Lind, Salon

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