By Tom Quiner

America expended a ton of blood, sweat, and tears to stabilize Iraq.

Honorable people can disagree on whether we should have gone to war. In light of Mr. Obama’s decision to withdraw, in light of  Iraq’s subsequent rapid descent into chaos, the U.S. clearly should not have gone to war.

American lives were lost in vain.

History had shown us in Germany, in Japan, and in Korea, that an ongoing American presence was the only way to maintain the peace for half a century and beyond.

Mr. Obama, of course, knows more than the Roosevelts, Trumans, and Eisenhowers who left us a legacy of relative stability in regions of historical, ongoing conflict.

Mr. Obama, with his smooth rhetoric, denied this legacy.

Mr. Obama insisted a U.S. presence in Iraq was superfluous, that the war was won, that Iraq was stable and self-reliant.

Our troops left. In no time, Iraq has morphed into hell on earth.

This is Barack Obama’s legacy.

4 Comments

  1. JoeC on August 11, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Sorry but I just feel the need to rant here. I am just so sickened by these last few days. Children are being killed daily throughout the world. I have read one commenter talk about how some live ammo would solve the current problem with children coming into our country. Sadly, there are many who share his views. We as a country are a big part of why they are currently fleeing their country in fear of death. Good intentions gone bad in the fallout of our war on drugs.

    There is no morality in this world throughout history that can justify killing innocent children. Why is it only Christian children being killed that gets people’s attention? There seems to be a lot of good “Christians” out there that are really missing what stood for and taught. They are too busy worrying about their own pocketbooks.

    People have been killing each other in the Mideast for millennia. To put this all on Obama is chickensh!t and you know it. As long as their is religion in the world, there will never be a good time to pull out of Iraq. When others told Bush Sr to take out Saddam, he was wise enough to know that could never end well.

    The blood of these children is shared by all, especially Bush and Cheney. What kind of God would allow the killing of innocent children?

    • quinersdiner on August 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Joe, good to hear from. Yes, this is a rant, since you wander all over the place. But that’s okay. I understand. These are rant-worthy subjects. A few reactions: the media seems to give more play to Palestinian children being killed than Christians in the Mideast. As I stated, honorable people can disagree on whether we should have gone to war with Iraq in the first place. But in light of Obama’s decision to abandon the country, it’s hard to imagine it could have ended up any worse had we maintained a military presence. Your suggestion that religion is the cause of the world’s problems is nonsense, unless you’re talking about Islam. More people have been killed by atheists (Mao, Stalin, Hitler, etc.) than all religions combined. Do these killings prove God does not exist? No.

      • JoeC on August 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm

        Hitler was a Catholic in good standing. Hitler killed the atheists and homosexuals first, then started on the Jews. Whether he truly believed it or not, he followed the Mel Gibson line that Jews killed Jesus and deserved to die. He was able to do it because a lot of people in Germany at the time shared his views.

        Stalin was going to school to be a priest when he failed out which may have played a part in his actions. But, the difference is that Mao and Stalin killed a lot of people to gain power, not because they were atheists. Stalin turned his back on Christianity. Mao was from China which never followed the religions of Abraham. Atheism by itself does not promote any actions. Atheism means you just don’t believe there is any proof that any god or gods exist. Christians are atheists when it comes to Thor or Zeus or any of the other 1000’s of gods that have existed in history. There is no atheism holy book.

        Both the Bible and Koran have laws to kill non-believers, among many others we would deem as immoral today. You may not believe that but we do have a preacher here in Iowa and a Republican who recently won a primary in Oklahoma that have both stated that we should bring back capital punishment (stoning) for homosexuals. I am not sure if divorced people and other adulterers still get a free pass in their eyes.

        • quinersdiner on August 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

          Joe, this response is beneath you.

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