AS I said in another thread, if anything emboldens Putin or other terrorists, it's how Bush and Cheney FOCKED up Iraq and Afghanistan !! Piss poor job !!!
THAT has 100X more impact than fk-ing Been-crazy !! The latter took 4 lives and lasted 1 night ! The Former took 8000 Americans, >50,000 seriously wounded, and lasted 10 years !! (not to mention >100,000 of Iraqis)
We're comparing piss ants and Brontosauruses here !!
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it's become his war now after five years
No more so than the owner of the first five years. Actually I'd place more of the onus on GW since he a) got us in there in the first place (with which I am ambivalent) and b) proceeded to almost completely ignore it (which I think is bordering on criminal negligence) …
I agree that it would have been nice to get out after we got Bin Laden and weakened Al Quaeda, which was pretty much the reason for being there in the first place. But I can see where momentum and domestic and geo-politics may have contributed to it taking so long to draw-down.
At any rate, I think it's a mistake to simply call it "Obama's war" and give GW a complete pass -- both share responsibility ...
I'm not ambivalent about getting in there in the first place. At the time, and still, I thought that the US should make the response to 9-11 a legal, not a military one. I have no idea what would have happened if the US had taken a legal case to the ICC--maybe nothing at all (although I doubt it). But the precedent, that international law has some authority and that nations' behaviors is bound by law--that would have been priceless.
I know: no immediate satisfaction of blowing things up because they blew up our people and buildings.
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that blustering nincompoops & chickenhawks like John McPain and Lindsey Graham drew us into a war in a region that had JUST Bankrupted HIS Empire, using REVENGE for an excuse to push through the Caspian Sea Pipeline (THANX to DUHbya & DICK!
to use one of a Favorite Repugnant Word/Accusation .."To EMBOLDEN" has anyone put 2&2 together ("Connected the Dots" ) as to how & why Putin felt the time was ripe to take back/over ANY FREAKIN' LAND MASS HE CHOOSES during the time that OUR Country has been weakened (and made War Weary) by TWO - 10 yr+ WARS For OIL?
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