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From what I heard, Obama didn't mention Bush once, even though Obama pretty much followed Bush's plan. Stay classy, Obama.The thing is that we still have thousands of troops over in Iraq and all of them are combat troops. Not much has changed and not much will change.Does this mean that Harry reid was wrong when he said the war was lost?But I do hope Obama starts concentrating on Afghanistan and he is successfull. Afghanistan is a much tougher place and it is easy to get bogged down- ask the USSR. I know a lot oc conservatives want us to get out of Afghanistan because Obama is running that war, but I am undecided. But I just wonder where all the war protestors are when Bush was president? Could it be that the war protesters were just playing politics?Sorry for rambling.
From the transcript:"From this desk, seven and a half years ago, President Bush announced the beginning of military operations in Iraq.""This afternoon, I spoke to former President George W. Bush. It's well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush's support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security. As I have said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it. And all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hope for Iraq's future."As for Reid saying the war was lost. . .well. . .We may not have lost, but what did we win?
You are correct, sir, and that is what I get when I read a conservative blog.What did we win? A world without Saddam Hussein. A more democratic Iraq and hopefully, a more modern country. Finally, I hope we got another ally in the region.
I hope you're right, Dan. But I wonder sometimes. . .there are tyrants leading countries all over the world. What was our motive to pick Iraq? And given the rabid anti-Islamic sentiment in this country, what did we care if Saddam Hussein was gassing his own people? No, that is not my opinion, but really, if so many people in this country are anti-Islam, what was their stake in this?I think this was a 7+ year misadventure, with immesurable loss of life and treasure. We didn't exactly win, and we didn't exactly lose. I just hope that we didn't inspire future retaliation in people over there who already thought we were the "Great Satan" and have had that feeling reinforced. If another country invaded US and killed our families, what would our opinion of them be? I'm hopeful that the whole Iraq experience somehow evens out to a net-zero or net positive, I really am.
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