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Iraq: We should close our hearts to pity

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RPGObjects_chuck:

--- Quote from: fonkaygarry ---Shame is politically useless.  The Dems won a major victory in the midterm election, so now the useful thing to do is to push ideas from as many pulpits as possible, inside and outside the Capitol, and make themselves known as the Do Something Congress.  

Many of these ideas will be laughably awful.

So long as we get a plan, any plan, that lets us win this motherfucker so we're not back in Baghdad in 2015, I'll be happy as a pig in shit.
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I think part of the problem, part of what makes people like Tom Friedman so dangerous, is that he is STILL taken seriously, still listened to as we try to find a plan that works in Iraq.

And as he suggests in all seriousness that we stay for TEN YEARS, add 150,000 MORE troops to the country and crush it beneath our heel.

And his opinions are also taken seriously about other things, like Iran. And free trade (one of the things Friedman is supposedly an expert on).

Chuck

Kyle Aaron:
"If brute force doesn't work, obviously you're not using enough."

:confused:

RPGObjects_chuck:

--- Quote from: droog ---The British were in India for several centuries....
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So we should stay for several centuries in Iraq until the Iraqi Ghandi finally boots us the hell out?

fonkaygarry:

--- Quote from: droog ---The British were in India for several centuries....
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What I was trying to say is that an extended anti-insurgency now is preferable to another invasion followed by another anti-insurgency ten years from now.

fonkaygarry:

--- Quote from: RPGObjects_chuck ---So we should stay for several centuries in Iraq until the Iraqi Ghandi finally boots us the hell out?
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An Iraqi movement using hunger strikes and prayer vigils instead of car bombs and sniper attacks?  Holy shit, that would be cause for block parties across America.

EDIT: Here's hoping it doesn't take 100+ years...

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