What Should Be Done About the Iraq War?

This is an open thread, so The Political Megaphone wants to hear your ideas about what American policy should be in regards to the Iraq war. Historical references, as always, are welcomed and highly encouraged. Sometimes, we need to look at the past in order to understand the present.

However, spam, hate speech and personal attacks are not welcome.

So, put your two cents in!

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2 Responses to “What Should Be Done About the Iraq War?”

  1. mark Says:

    We went there without good cause, but the nature of this is that we can not simply leave the mess we started and contributed to for so long. Their country must be stable, as much as it can be, but the Iraqui government myst take responsibility – we can’t run their country nor continue to funnel huge amounts of cash and goods into the pit. They must regain a sense of national integrety and be able to sustain their own nation. Then we can leave, not before. FWIW, I believe the Iraquis are on the way to this end, and I hope the time is soon.

    mark

  2. Ceci Says:

    mark Says:

    We went there without good cause, but the nature of this is that we can not simply leave the mess we started and contributed to for so long.

    I agree. That’s why the new Administration must carefully devise an exit plan that does not mirror the policies made by either the Bush 41 or 43 administrations. What both Bush administrations had practiced was bald colonialism, plain and simple: they invaded, imperiled the people within the occupied country and plundered the nation’s resources with little or no feeling paid to the people inhabiting there. What happened eventually was a full-blown civil war based on religion in which the different sects are fighting each other with the Americans playing off all sides for full effect.

    Therefore, the Obama folks must put forth a sense of reason and respect in dealing with the plight of the Iraq War. If the President-Elect had campaigned on change, this is where it needs to be taken highly seriously.

    Their country must be stable, as much as it can be, but the Iraqui government myst take responsibility – we can’t run their country nor continue to funnel huge amounts of cash and goods into the pit. They must regain a sense of national integrety and be able to sustain their own nation. Then we can leave, not before. FWIW, I believe the Iraquis are on the way to this end, and I hope the time is soon.

    That’s why the exit strategy out of Iraq is going to be highly complex and treacherous, to say the least. Humanity and practicality must be the order of the day when trying to organize a diplomatic solution to end the conflict and strife that has gone on for five years. All I have to say is that President-Elect Obama has a mountain of work on his hands. But if he does it right, he can win the respect back that Mr. Bush has lost–especially when giving autonomy back to the Iraqi people in order to work toward the future of their country.

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments. It is not easy to discuss this issue, so I appreciate your approach in laying the cards on the table.

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