Knowing what you know now would you still support the withdrawal of troops from Iraq

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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 6,510
    Withdrawal of US or Canadian troops or some or all of the "coalition of the willing?"
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  • BS44325BS44325 Posts: 4,548

    Withdrawal of US or Canadian troops or some or all of the "coalition of the willing?"

    Your choice.
  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 6,510
    US troops, yes. Canadian troops, no.
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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 6,510
    When Canada invests as much as the US does in waging war, in both blood and treasure, then maybe I'll change my mind.

    https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/


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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 15,658
    Uh yeah.

    Status of forces agreement, signed by GWB, guaranteed we would be out by the agreed upon date. Obama tried to keep us there. But they kicked us out.

    Don't pin the withdrawal on Obama, he could not make Iraq allow us to stay.

    You can't blame the successor, a man who never supported the war, for the fuck up of the predecessor.

    Let's cut the history revision crap please.
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  • BS44325BS44325 Posts: 4,548

    Uh yeah.

    Status of forces agreement, signed by GWB, guaranteed we would be out by the agreed upon date. Obama tried to keep us there. But they kicked us out.

    Don't pin the withdrawal on Obama, he could not make Iraq allow us to stay.

    You can't blame the successor, a man who never supported the war, for the fuck up of the predecessor.

    Let's cut the history revision crap please.

    So all things being equal you think the troops should have stayed?
  • InHiding80InHiding80 Upland,CAPosts: 7,535

    When Canada invests as much as the US does in waging war, in both blood and treasure, then maybe I'll change my mind.

    https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/


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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 19,034
    Yeah, of course. Never should have been there in the first place.
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  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 16,392
    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st
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  • BS44325BS44325 Posts: 4,548

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
  • AafkeAafke Posts: 1,176
    The invasion never should have taken place! The world had to ignore the war drums and war mongers....

    All the West did was fuel the engines of the hatred against western thinking, and western arrogance of deciding what is best for the rest of the world, out of pure and simple greed....
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  • badbrainsbadbrains Posts: 10,255
    Knowing what we know now? Shit, how many of us were saying back then not to even go? Where were you then?
  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 16,392
    BS44325 said:

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
    Because I don't believe we should just dismiss the total fuck up of invasion & death of all those lives as if they can just be replaced with a new generation of soldiers how about we learn and never make a mistake like that again ...
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  • AafkeAafke Posts: 1,176

    BS44325 said:

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
    Because I don't believe we should just dismiss the total fuck up of invasion & death of all those lives as if they can just be replaced with a new generation of soldiers how about we learn and never make a mistake like that again ...
    I agree!
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  • badbrainsbadbrains Posts: 10,255

    BS44325 said:

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
    Because I don't believe we should just dismiss the total fuck up of invasion & death of all those lives as if they can just be replaced with a new generation of soldiers how about we learn and never make a mistake like that again ...
    You just killed his hard on. Way to go Jose. What a buzz kill.
  • BS44325BS44325 Posts: 4,548
    Aafke said:

    BS44325 said:

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
    Because I don't believe we should just dismiss the total fuck up of invasion & death of all those lives as if they can just be replaced with a new generation of soldiers how about we learn and never make a mistake like that again ...
    I agree!
    Ok great...now how about answering the question at hand with respect to the withdrawal?
  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 7,803
    "Knowing what we know now"
    I think there is quite a bit of evidence that those who orchestrated it knew this exact sort of destabilization would occur before they invaded in the first place! The evidence suggests it was part of the motivation that originated decades ago.

    That being said, yes I would still support the troop withdrawal...It would be nice if we didn't find terrorist groups into power in the first place, but that will never stop. ISIS is a symptom, it is not the disease. If it wasn't Iraq it would be elsewhere.
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  • dignindignin Posts: 4,550
    Yes
  • AafkeAafke Posts: 1,176
    rgambs said:

    "Knowing what we know now"
    I think there is quite a bit of evidence that those who orchestrated it knew this exact sort of destabilization would occur before they invaded in the first place! The evidence suggests it was part of the motivation that originated decades ago.

    That being said, yes I would still support the troop withdrawal...It would be nice if we didn't find terrorist groups into power in the first place, but that will never stop. ISIS is a symptom, it is not the disease. If it wasn't Iraq it would be elsewhere.

    Not only is ISIS a symptom instead of the disease, in my opinion, this symptom is meanly caused by the idiotic why Iraq was invaded in the first place, under false pretenses!
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  • callencallen Posts: 6,388
    BS44325 said:

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
    Like blaming the surgeon for the actions if the shooter
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  • callencallen Posts: 6,388
    The Us should not be involved. So yes.
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  • BS44325BS44325 Posts: 4,548
    Candid answers appreciated. I tend to go with the Robert Gates position. Good analysis on Libya as well.

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  • InHiding80InHiding80 Upland,CAPosts: 7,535
    callen said:

    BS44325 said:

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
    Like blaming the surgeon for the actions if the shooter
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  • callencallen Posts: 6,388
    BS44325 said:

    Aafke said:

    BS44325 said:

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
    Because I don't believe we should just dismiss the total fuck up of invasion & death of all those lives as if they can just be replaced with a new generation of soldiers how about we learn and never make a mistake like that again ...
    I agree!
    Ok great...now how about answering the question at hand with respect to the withdrawal?
    BS44325 said:

    Candid answers appreciated. I tend to go with the Robert Gates position. Good analysis on Libya as well.

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    Why do we need plan in Libya? Why do I have to pay my taxes and risk my nephews safety to interject into another countries problems.

    You hold Raytheon stock? Boeing? Northrop? What gives? You want to police the world? How does Libya affect you?
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  • BS44325BS44325 Posts: 4,548
    callen said:

    BS44325 said:

    Aafke said:

    BS44325 said:

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
    Because I don't believe we should just dismiss the total fuck up of invasion & death of all those lives as if they can just be replaced with a new generation of soldiers how about we learn and never make a mistake like that again ...
    I agree!
    Ok great...now how about answering the question at hand with respect to the withdrawal?
    BS44325 said:

    Candid answers appreciated. I tend to go with the Robert Gates position. Good analysis on Libya as well.

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    Why do we need plan in Libya? Why do I have to pay my taxes and risk my nephews safety to interject into another countries problems.

    You hold Raytheon stock? Boeing? Northrop? What gives? You want to police the world? How does Libya affect you?
    We're arguing the same point. Not my call to invade or occupy Libya. I don't think Robert Gates agreed with it either. That was your candidate Hillary who you are apparently supporting. Maybe you should ask her what that was all about.
  • Last-12-ExitLast-12-Exit Charleston, SCPosts: 8,661
    Knowing what we knew then, I still don't support an invasion. I know, not the point.
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  • muskydanmuskydan Posts: 1,013
    callen said:

    BS44325 said:

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
    Like blaming the surgeon for the actions if the shooter
    that's some good stuff there….also Like blaming the Police for the actions of someone resisting them….BARF

  • badbrainsbadbrains Posts: 10,255
    muskydan said:

    callen said:

    BS44325 said:

    How about knowing that if asshat Chaney & bush didn't push for that war we could of saved 4thousand Amrrican lives , how about we come to terms with that 1st

    Why can't we come to terms with both?
    Like blaming the surgeon for the actions if the shooter
    that's some good stuff there….also Like blaming the Police for the actions of someone resisting them….BARF

    Or the 13 bullets instead of the person in the uniform shooting the unarmed civilian.
  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 15,658
    BS44325 said:

    Uh yeah.

    Status of forces agreement, signed by GWB, guaranteed we would be out by the agreed upon date. Obama tried to keep us there. But they kicked us out.

    Don't pin the withdrawal on Obama, he could not make Iraq allow us to stay.

    You can't blame the successor, a man who never supported the war, for the fuck up of the predecessor.

    Let's cut the history revision crap please.

    So all things being equal you think the troops should have stayed?
    no. they never should have been there to begin with.

    i said it in 2003 back when people on this message board were telling me to get the fuck out of america. i protested. just like pearl jam, just like the dixie chicks. just like the countless other ones. we were right.
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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 15,658
    now that i re-read this, the entire premise is stupid.

    "knowing what we know now."

    we know now what we knew then. that iraq did not have wmds. that iraq posed no immediate threat to the united states or the middle east. hans blix was right. plame's husband was right. the administration knew it, and we went in anyway.

    the world is never going to forgive us for that one.
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