If the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent long war was a terrible mistake with negative consequences, then the politically motivated, unilateral, withdrawal in 2011 was an even greater mistake because it eliminated the past achievements and disrespected the eight years of sacrifice while creating a new vacuum for terrorists. 

Agree or disagree? 


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  1. I think the closest that the US has ever came to an exit strategy was at the end of WWII. We did not want a repeat of repressing the Germany people into electing another madman. But even that did not go well and the cold war started.

    After our military wins the war, the politicians of all the parties then proceed to mess things up. It is usually the result of pressure by the American people to just get out and or save tax money by not paying for an occupation. In the end it cost us more and cause bad feelings resulting in terrorism.

    Remember that there was a Gulf War I before Gulf War II.


  2. Republican George Dumya Bush and war criminal Dick Cheney invaded Iraq after 19 Saudis knocked down the World Trade Center towers – oops wrong country to invade – George Dumya Bush and war criminal Dick Cheney agreed to the American withdrawal before Obama was elected – get your facts straight, Quinn


    • It is you who should check the facts. Bush reluctantly signed the deal, but with the understanding 40,000 troops could remain based on conditions. Iraq reneged on that deal. Obama had THREE YEARS to renegotiate a workable agreement based on the changing circumstances, but was so bent on getting out gave the effort little but lip service. Typical of his leadership.

      “Panetta, “Worthy Fights,” 2014:

      To my frustration, the White House coordinated the negotiations but never really led them. Officials there seemed content to endorse an agreement if State and Defense could reach one, but without the President’s active advocacy, al-Maliki was allowed to slip away. “


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