Comments on: The Iraq war’s most damaging legacy Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:37:49 +0000 hourly 1 By: reality-again Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:11:46 +0000 “The glaring lesson of the war is that American ground invasions destabilize the Middle East, instead of stabilizing it.”

-Is that true?
The fallacy of such statements is that they’re comparing a known situation at a certain point in time (e.g. now) to a the known situation in another point in time (e.g. just before the US invading Iraq), and to third, hypothetical situation (‘Hypothetical Now’) that’s not taking into account any possible bad case, worse case or worst case scenarios that could have evolved in Iraq, the Persian-Arab Gulf and the Middle East in case the US had not invaded Iraq and changed the regime in that country.
This is not just absurd short sightedness, but the equivalent of volitional blindness.

This is to say that such articles are merely exercises in partisan propaganda, and they are too light on substance or merit.

By: alowl Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:09:13 +0000 How come no one on this side of the pond has ever been punished for putting Saddam in power in the first place?
He was our bad guy to fight our dirty war with Iran, just as the Taliban are the descendents of the “freedom fighters of the ’80s.

By: From_California Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:56:46 +0000 Agree with Vulture.

The bald assertion that the Arab spring proves that the Muslim world wants “modernity” and “democracy” should sound strange even to the author of this piece. Of course some secular elements of these societies want these things, but they are hardly the majority, to say the least. I guess you could call the election of Mursi “democracy,” but the upshot was a constitution that deprives huge segments of their human and civil rights. The rule of backward majorities doesn’t sound so great to me. That’s why we have the Bill of Rights.

By: jrpardinas Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:50:30 +0000 George W. Bush was as perfect an idiot as the American Presidency has seen.

And the Americans who voted him in (twice!) are nothing but stupid bastards. Neither adjective alone captures their unique combination of stupidity malice.

By: bald1 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:10:21 +0000 A more accurate truth is that many within the the media, many members (both Republican and Democrat) of Congress, and millions of US citizens were so fearful of being labelled unpatriotic by the Bush Administration that they held their tongue and refused to challenge the rationale for war.

Both Bush’s use of domestic propaganda and the acquiesence/sheep-like behavior of the media and thinking citizens mark a dark day in the history of our country.

Last note….please, quit beating the hair off a dead horse. The invasion and occupation of Iraq had nothing to do with a failure of US intelligence. No country can hide a WMD program (nuclear, biological, or chemical) of the capacity and capability the Bush Adminstration claimed was held by Iraq. Iraq’s WMD program was fully disassembled within three years of the conclusion of the First Gulf War.

By: VultureTX Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:05:41 +0000 “The Arab Spring showed that people in the Middle East, in fact, desire democracy”

Funny from here it looks like they want Sharia, muslim law, and salafists who would deny equal rights to coptic christians, jews, or any one else who does not acknowledge that islam should be the basis of their new and improved arab government.

By: 123456951 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:12:14 +0000 George W Bush was a man of good virtue, and he had a lot of guts. But he had poor wisdom. Boldness without wisdom is a dangerous combination.