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The Iraq war is over! Good news to everyone (except for the Fox-GOP-Teaparty-nation)
THE IRAQ WAR IS OVER ON OBAMA’S WATCH? Time for the Fox-News-Republican-Teaparty-nation to attack:
October 22 edition of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren:

Van Susteren to John Bolton: “[A]t what point, though, do you get out, do you say, ‘Look, it’s time to go home’?”Bolton: “We’re still in Germany. We’re still in Japan.”

October 22 edition of Special Report: 

Weekly Standard writer Stephen Hayes: [the announcement] is “a major setback” and “a disservice to our men and women in uniform”Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer:  [the announcement] was a “big, big failure.” … endorses keeping tens of  thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq “the same way that we retained forces  in Korea, Germany, and Japan 50 years ago, to our advantage”

It’s sad and unfortunate that neither Romney nor Perry, the top GOP presidential candidates, seem to understand that it was ultimately up to the Iraqis to decide whether U.S. troops stayed in Iraq past the 2011 deadline, not the U.S. military:

Romney: “…The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq.” (via)Perry: “…The President  was slow to engage the Iraqis and there’s little evidence today’s  decision is based on advice from military commanders.” (via)

And once-relevant hawks are truly upset:

Bitter, bitter loser and perpetual war advocate John McCain: “This decision will be viewed as a strategic victory for our enemies in the Middle East…” (via)

Stand by for equally “interesting” statements from members of the former (and as yet unpunished) Bush Administration…
Keep in mind:

Here are some relevant numbers:

8 years, 260 days since Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence of Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons program
8 years, 215 days since the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq
8 years, 175 days since President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln
4,479 U.S. military fatalities
30,182 U.S. military injuries
468 contractor fatalities
103,142 – 112,708 documented civilian deaths
2.8 million internally displaced Iraqis
$806 billion in federal funding for the Iraq War through FY2011
$3 – $5 trillion in total economic cost to the United States of the Iraq war according to economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Blimes
$60 billion in U.S. expenditures lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001
0 weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq

    The Iraq war is over! Good news to everyone (except for the Fox-GOP-Teaparty-nation)

    THE IRAQ WAR IS OVER ON OBAMA’S WATCH? Time for the Fox-News-Republican-Teaparty-nation to attack:

    October 22 edition of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren:

    Van Susteren to John Bolton: “[A]t what point, though, do you get out, do you say, ‘Look, it’s time to go home’?”
    Bolton: “We’re still in Germany. We’re still in Japan.”

    October 22 edition of Special Report

    Weekly Standard writer Stephen Hayes: [the announcement] is “a major setback” and “a disservice to our men and women in uniform”
    Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer: [the announcement] was a “big, big failure.” … endorses keeping tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq “the same way that we retained forces in Korea, Germany, and Japan 50 years ago, to our advantage”

    It’s sad and unfortunate that neither Romney nor Perry, the top GOP presidential candidates, seem to understand that it was ultimately up to the Iraqis to decide whether U.S. troops stayed in Iraq past the 2011 deadline, not the U.S. military:

    Romney: “…The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq.” (via)
    Perry: “…The President was slow to engage the Iraqis and there’s little evidence today’s decision is based on advice from military commanders.” (via)

    And once-relevant hawks are truly upset:

    Bitter, bitter loser and perpetual war advocate John McCain: “This decision will be viewed as a strategic victory for our enemies in the Middle East…” (via)

    Stand by for equally “interesting” statements from members of the former (and as yet unpunished) Bush Administration…

    Keep in mind:

    Here are some relevant numbers:

    8 years, 260 days since Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence of Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons program

    8 years, 215 days since the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq

    8 years, 175 days since President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln

    4,479 U.S. military fatalities

    30,182 U.S. military injuries

    468 contractor fatalities

    103,142 – 112,708 documented civilian deaths

    2.8 million internally displaced Iraqis

    $806 billion in federal funding for the Iraq War through FY2011

    $3 – $5 trillion in total economic cost to the United States of the Iraq war according to economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Blimes

    $60 billion in U.S. expenditures lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001

    0 weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq

    — 3 years ago with 11 notes
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