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posted by Exador at
And in case MNF News forgets to cover it, Prime Minister Brown plans to pull out the remaining UK troops in Iraq (all 4,500 of them) before year's end, despite Bush pleading with him in June to rethink. Whatever pretense there ever was of a MNF is now pretty much gone. Let's just declare victory and go home, 'kay? (Worked for Bush on the whole border issue...)
By Bridgett, at 9:10 PM
Now, Bridgett, I know you'd prefer to stay in Iraq for 100 years, but everybody else is planning on gradually leaving.
By Exador, at 4:28 AM
I know it's heretical to say so, but if pressed to think in national strategic interest terms (rather than hippy tree-hugging librul terms), I would say the fuck-up is not that we're occupying a part of the Middle East but that we're occupying the wrong damn country. We went for Iraq because we thought we could take them out without much trouble (as we had in the First Gulf War -- and of course, there is the whole sad Oedipal thingie). However, if I had been doing the strategic planning, I would have instead thought harder about Saudi Arabia. We've already got bases and troops there, it would have driven Osama berserk, they were far more religiously militant than Iraq (which was pretty much happily Western and secular...Hussein was a bastard, but he was our bastard...), we could have sold it as a "democratizing" war to rid them of a corrupt monarchical system that oppresses women and so forth. Sometimes I want to slap Wolfowitz and Cheney upside the head and scream "look at a damn map!"Instead, we screwed the pooch in Iraq, triggered a civil war, and the ponyfucking potentates of Riyadh are rolling in oil wealth and playing golf with G-Dub. Go figure.
By Bridgett, at 7:08 PM
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