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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Republicans who claim we should have stayed in Iraq should instead demand Iraqi army wear their uniforms

Republicans continue to raise the bar on hypocrisy, especially about the failed war in Iraq. 

Regardless of the consequences to American troops, the Republicans have the audacity to claim the fall of the inept Iraqi government is the US fault. Their hypocrisy is intense enough to project the cause of the fall of the Iraqi government as somehow being the fault of President Obama 

Republicans claim they wanted President Obama to leave American forces behind when we left Iraq, to protect President Nouri al-Maliki, who lives in his Green Zone bomb shelter. 

Al-Maliki didn't want Americans hanging around, telling him what to do. Consequently, al-Maliki decided to hold himself hostage in the "Green Zone" of Baghdad while his exclusionary government pushed Sunni Muslims to the political edge. So, now they're causing a revolution. Sunni anger is so intense that they aligned themselves with Al Qaeda, a terrorist group.

Republicans must blame their political leadership for this fiasco. 

This is the situation as I see it today. If Iraqi people want to protect their nation from being consumed by Al Qaeda affiliated zealots, they must stand and fight for themselves. The Iraqi army cannot abandon their uniforms and turn over expensive American tax payer paid for equipment to terrorist insurgents.

Republicans who believe President Obama is somehow responsible for the failed War in Iraq are in denial. The longer Republican complain about the failed war in Iraq, the more they bring focus to their own complicity in bringing about the deaths of nearly 5,000 Americans and countless Iraqi citizens, who died because of a false premise about needing to destroy non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

Ironically, Americans will likely be required to save Iraq from collapse, as terrorist insurgents use our US guns, ammunition and equipment to assassinate Shia Muslims. Yet, the fact is, the Iraq War never, ever should have happened. Americans are still paying the price in human capital and in billions of dollars, for the Republican decision to use US military to defend our nation against non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction.

It's time the Iraqi army wears their uniforms to defend their own nation. Meanwhile, Republicans must stop pretending the War in Iraq is somebody else's fault. Reality check alert! The failed war in Iraq was caused by Republican mismanagement. This debacle on the part of Republican leadership will do more to harm future national security for the US than any Al Qaeda threat. 

Italians have a Proverb: He that deceives me once, it's his fault; but twice, it is my fault. 

Americans say it another way:  Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice and shame on me.  

Americans won't allow ourselves to be tricked into war again.

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