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Old 06-17-2014, 11:28 AM   #384
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Originally Posted by Tombstone RJ View Post
translation: "I'm copping out"

whatever, until you admit that BO bears much of the responsibility for what's going on in Iraq, we have nothing left to discuss.

The difference between you and me is I blame the presidency (the office whether GOP of Dem) for their failings. You, being a liberal, only blame the GOP and let BO the cockroach scurry away because he's your guy.

Sad, pathetic, garbage. Congrats on your failings.

Obama has blundered his way through foreign policy, but the Iraq debacle we have been witnessing, since the US entered Baghdad, is firmly rooted in the Bush administration's incompetency.

Just start with the disbanding of the Iraqi army and security forces and allowing those bitter professionals to go home with all their weapons.
Then add the de-Baathification of the government and replacement with a corrupt, Shia administration and you have the perfect storm of blunders.

US Blunders in Iraq:
De-Baathification and Disbanding
the Army

Early in the occupation of Iraq two key decisions were made that gravely
jeopardized US chances for success in Iraq: (1) the decision to bar from
government work Iraqis who ranked in the top four levels of Sadam’s Baath
Party or who held positions in the top three levels of each ministry; (2) the
decision to disband the Iraqi Army and replace it with a new army built
from scratch. These two fateful decisions were made against the advice of
military and CIA professionals and without consulting important members
of the President’s staff and cabinet. This article will first examine the de-
Baathification order and then take up the even more far reaching decision to
disband the Iraqi Army.
Both of these decisions fueled the insurgency by: (1) alienating hundreds of
thousands of Iraqis who could not support themselves or their families; (2)
by undermining the normal infrastructure necessary for social and economic
activity; (3) by ensuring that there was not sufficient security to carry on
normal life; and (4) by creating insurgents who were angry at the US, many
of whom had weapons and were trained to use them.
These two key decisions, however, were presaged by President Bush’s
decision in late April 2003 to remove Jay Garner and put Paul Bremer in
complete charge of Iraq. Garner had experience in Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War
and had been a career Army officer. In his preparations, he had worked
closely with military planners. Bremer, who had no experience in Iraq or in
military occupations, worked in the Pentagon for the first nine days of May,
and he arrived in Iraq on 12 May 2003.
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