Obama proposes broader long-term strategy in Iraq

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  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 11:45 p.m.

    RE A 1994
    Centerville, UT

    Why is it so hard for people to admit that they were wrong about the Iraqi invasion?

    "But ultimately, your question is point less because that's not where we are anymore. You can only deal with the here and now."

    Many people simply do not want to talk about it because they would like it to go away.
    Their response is similar "Oh it is old news"

    Plain and simple we were fooled into attacking Iraq. It is highly important that this not happen again. Look at the drum beat for attacking Iran from the same groups.

    We need to acknowledge our mistakes and learn from them.

  • fani wj, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 5:57 p.m.

    "Obama said he won't close the U.S. Embassy or the Irbil consulate, which means American troops and diplomats will remain on the ground who will need protecting. He said where U.S. personnel are threatened, it's his obligation as commander in chief to protect them."

    These are all good unless our US personnel contradicts the political talking points, then they will be left to fend for themselves, does Benghazi ring a bell?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    @Iron Rod

    The Iraqi people would be butchered regardless. But from an American national security standpoint, it would probably be better to have a stable dictatorship. But ultimately, your question is pointless because that's not where we are anymore. You can only deal with the here and now. The real question is whether Obama will use the necessary force to destroy (not contain) ISIS. If he does, he might actually have a legacy. My guess is that he won't.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 12:58 p.m.

    A question for our conservative readers.

    Did our intervention in Iraq cause the Iraqi people to be more vulnerable?

    Was the benefits of Saddam's departure worth the problems we have today?

    Which do you think was better a secular government under Saddam or an Islamist or extremist government under ISIS?

    Tell me truthfully was the invasion a colossal blunder?