• Tie: Both Iran and al Qaeda Winners of Iraq War

    September 7, 2012

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    Posted in: Iran, Iraq

    Goddammit, Iraq.


    Never mind the high-fives at the DNC, Kelley Vlahos depresses us all with a piece reviewing the gains al Qaeda has made in Iraq as a result of the failed US invasion, alongside the geopolitical wins for Iran in Iraq as a result of the failed US invasion.

    Meanwhile, recounting how Iraqi banks are helping Iran evade US economic sanctions, Marcy Wheeler at Empty Wheel concludes that “Obama can’t admit the truth– that Iran won the Iraq War.”

    Al Qaeda, based out of Iraq and taking advantage of the Sponge Bobian porous border, continues to play a role in the Syrian civil war.

    Neither presidential candidate has made a single mention of Iraq. They behave like those 4,486 dead Americans, the 100,000 or more dead Iraqis, the $44 billion in reconstruction funds wasted, the $3 trillion cost of the war that crippled our economy, never… even… happened.

    As for the US’ desire for a new war in the Middle East, whether intervening in Syria or striking Iran, please do remember that every time you repeat a mistake of history, the price goes up.

    Finally, a challenge: I challenge any journalist covering either campaign to ask Barack or Mitt a single question about Iraq sometime between now and November.

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    • Rich Bauer said...


      Does this mean Wolfowitz wasn’t a genius?


      09/8/12 10:26 AM | Comment Link

    • Expat said...



      I enjoy reading some of the comments as much as I enjoy your posts.

      Speaking of Wolfowitz, let’s not forget about the
      The Project for the New American Century, “a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle.”

      PW was one of the original supporters, along with other neocon luminaries such as Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, William J. Bennett, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney (remember him?), Steve Forbes, Donald Kagan, Lewis Libby, Dan Quayle, Donald Rumsfeld, etc., ad nauseum.

      Who would disagree with the statement that “American leadership is good both for America and for the world?”

      If your readers want to know why the US is in Iraq, among many other places, look no further than PNAC and the neoconservative world view it represents. It’s the clearest expression of US nationalism you’ll find in the “statement of principles” of any 501c3.


      09/8/12 11:02 AM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...


      It’s the clearest expression of US nationalism?

      This is something need to look at it deeply from different angles.

      Most of those names who involve within neocon luminaries are Israeli citizens also their behaviour and love and nationalism more in favour of Jewish stat that US>

      Isn’t ironic that super power driven by small hidden mystical state that had a history the most stat in the word that not obeys UN resolutions??

      09/8/12 9:54 PM | Comment Link

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