Comments about ‘Whitt Flora: It's time to put U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq’

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Published: Sunday, Aug. 24 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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salt lake city, utah

"To finish this vitally important task, Obama will have to put American boots on the ground — about 20,000 crack troops equipped with 100 or so tanks — could handle the task easily"

You been talking to Cheney and Rumsfeld?

What a dumb notion. The first time this group was run out of town it was by the Sunni's themselves, bought off by us. This time they were allowed to return by the Sunni's to combat Maliki. The Sunnis and only the Sunnis can end this.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

OK Whitt,
Let's start with YOUR boots on the ground!

We've been in and out of Iraq since the 1st Gulf War and the 1st G Bush,
Do you seriously think that after almost 25 years anything has changed?

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

Those boots on the ground have American men and women in them. Don't trivialize their existence by calling them boots. It is easy to send other people to war.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Boots on the ground in the middle ease will require a substantial across the board tax increase to avoid a 2008 or to increase the deficit. Congress should require immediate increase before any war, especially a long term war in the middle of sunni and sheites.

Charles H
Atlanta, GA

It may be time, but only if others join in, like NATO, Mid East allies.

American Fork, UT

No. The feckless and politically motivated strategy that has put Iraq in the situation it is in was that of GW Bush. Do we have to keep exacerbating that mistake?

Provo, UT

It's time for us to get out and stay out.

We're $17 trillion in debt and have already used up 5k of lives. How do you propose we fund this? Raise taxes? Go $20 trillion in debt? Reinstitute the draft?

And how do we know that there won't be another ISIS once we leave?

Just stay out and let Iraq figure itself out.

Bountiful, UT

Put boots in the ground in Iraq? Spend an other $ trillion we don't have that we would then have to borrow from China? Condemned hundreds or thousands more Americans to death or mental / emotional damage .. or come back physically damaged? Desnews when will it end? This war could easily go on for a hundred more years.

Invisible Hand
Provo, UT

Let the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds fight it out amongst themselves. I'm not opposed to airstrikes as a response to beheading Americans and genocide, but this isn't our fight. The whole reason this problem exists is because of meddling Western nations drawing lines on a map and putting people together who don't fit. They need to be 3 states, and let them fight it out to determine where those natural borders should be.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT


Will we ever learn from history?

The same folks who created ISIS and destabilized the entire region are calling for more boots on the ground?

How many more times must we commit this same error? Let Allah sort this out. No matter how many lives we send and trillions we waste, the Shia, Sunnis, and Kurds will never get along. We cannot stop the violence there. We can only create more ISIS and more genocide with our continued meddling in the Middle East.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Can someone loan this guy a rifle and a one-way airplane ticket to whatever ground he wants to put his boots on?

Salt Lake City, UT

The big problem is of course that we can't anticipate fully the consequences of our actions - witness the Iraq invasion of Bush II. That action has had catastrophic effects. Massive troop buildup again? The idea being I guess that it didn't work the first time it is bound to work the second time?

The bigger the action the greater the consequences. So I suppose another troop build up could be spectacularly successful - but could also be another catastrophe. This would be an enormous gamble.

Salt Lake City, UT

Oh and BTW, if we do an Iraq Invasion II let's pay for it this time up front with a WWII tax paradigm - top marginal tax rate of 91%!

Virginia Beach, VA

Wow . . . What a ridiculous rant . . .

And the author calls Obama “feckless?” That’s a better description for the Neocons in the Republican Party.

The irresponsible use of force doesn’t equate to wise and effective leadership. Bombast, irresponsibility, and pushiness does not equate to strength of character or competence.

Obama has been doing a pretty decent job of rescuing this nation from the disaster that was the GW administration.

None of the problems outlined in your tirade, Whitt, would exist now if it had not been for the stunning incompetence of the Bush-Cheney administration. The removal of Sadaam Hussein was the absolute worst thing they could have done to the Middle East.

Sadaam’s secular government kept DOWN Islamic Extremists. But GW eliminated that restraint.

Way to go “Conservatives.”

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

"Once inside the U.S. their expertise at bomb-making and their willingness to sacrifice their lives in suicide missions allows them to perpetrate horrors that will make the events of 9/11 seem like mere child’s play."

This reminds me of the "smoking gun mushroom cloud" fear tactics used to invade Iraq.

Methinks we're overthinking this. ISIS isn't out for world domination or to hurt the US. They just want their country (Iraq) back since Maliki's corrupt government has taken away the rights from the Sunnis.

Isn't it telling that none of the typical conservative commentators have come to defend this writer? Red, mike, lost, Mtn, etc are all MIA today. Not even they believe Iraq is worth fighting for.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

I suggest the writer of this letter put boots on himself and his children and volunteer for active duty in the Iraqi army.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I'm still waiting for Republicans to own-up, cough-up, or shut-up and pay for the LAST 2 times we went in over there...

The Educator
South Jordan , UT

I'm with lds liberal here. Where's the "party of personal responsibility" on this one? They started this war. They're the ones responsible for the trillions of dollars and thousands of lives lost.

I think it's only fair that if they want more wars that they pay for it. I don't think it's right that my children and grandchildren should have to pay for the corrupt Bush regime and the ilk who voted them to power. Why should they have their hard earned money stolen by the government to pay for Bush's wars? If republicans want wars then we need to come up with the trillions to pay for them upfront.

That's what being personally responsible is all about.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Gee, Where are all the comments supporting this article.

As I remember the Deseret News editorial pages was quite "Gung Ho" in their support of the invasion of Iraq, Perhaps this small showing of discontent with the article will show them that many people think the Iraq war was a mistake.

If we are forced to go back by pressure groups I agree we need to have a excess war tax so we do not burden future generations with debt. Also reinstate the draft so every one has the chance to be a "hero" in the middle east.

Far East USA, SC

Personal responsibility is a great thing. Unless of course, we get to flex our military muscle around the world and show off our shiny war machine.

Then, adding to the deficit is OK.

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