“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The pointlessness of our Iraq adventure is about to be fully realized

The large Iraqi city of Mosul fell to Al-Qaeda in the last few days, as did Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad. Oil fields and pumping stations have been seized and all that's left is the sack of Baghdad by Islamist militants, and the sad story of our pointless adventure in Iraq will finally and mercifully come to a close.

The only problem is Iraq is OPEC's second largest oil producer. Unless the Saudi's supplement the production, world prices will necessarily go up. Our economy doesn't need an energy crisis right now. At least with Saddam in power, the oil flowed reliably. Of course there's the small matter of his rape-rooms, torture chambers, and chemical attacks on the Kurd's, but lets be honest, those were the excuses we used to depose Saddam, but isn't everything we do in the middle east really only about keeping the price of gas at our pumps as low as possible?

If only we'd start using our own oil, we wouldn't have to care what happens over there.


Isaac A. Nussbaum said...

So let's summarize. Since the U.S. invaded Iraq on trumped up pretexts:

The Iraqi people are worse off.
Iraq is worse off.
The Middle East is worse off.
The American people are worse off.
The U.S. is worse off.
Bankers are better off.
Military suppliers are better off.

Have I overlooked anything?

Ed said...

Al Qaeda is the same, if not better off.

Isaac A. Nussbaum said...

Speaking of which, Iraq is a perfect example of the unintended consequences of America’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

“This week saw the collapse of two divisions of Iraq’s government army, a full 30,000 men running like chickens before the relentless advance of the fighters of ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Shams(Syria). THE SAME PUPPET ARMY TRAINED AND EQUIPPED FOR A DECADE BY THE US AT A COST OF $14 BILLION.” ~Eric Margolis, 6/14/14

Ed said...

Yeah, how is it that Iraq's most elite troops having been trained by America's elite troops, run and hide at the first sign of trouble from a ragtag band of nomads with guns? That says more about our inability to assess readiness than it does Iraqi readiness.

Even the French were watching on TV and said, "Sacre bleu"!

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