Iraq's breakdown

  • Article by: Washington Post Editorial
  • Updated: July 29, 2013 - 2:01 PM

“What we were looking for was an Iraq that was secure, stable and self-reliant, and that’s what we got here, so there’s no question that was a success,” said President Obama’s then-deputy national security adviser, Denis McDonough, in describing an October 2011 decision to station no U.S. forces in the country after that year.

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pumiceJul. 29, 13 2:07 PM

Where I stopped reading: "Now it should tell [Maliki] that continued U.S. military assistance, including the promised delivery of major weapons systems..." Why have we promised Maliki major weapons systems???

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goldengoph3rJul. 29, 13 2:40 PM

The irony of what seems to me an incredibly dumb, hare-brained, no-good, very-bad idea--to get involved again in Iraq--is that, until we arrived in 2003, there were no al-Qaeda in Iraq. Haven't we explored the limits of success with uncooperative, shady leaders (Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc) enough already?

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comment229Jul. 29, 13 3:04 PM

"It’s now obvious that McDonough spoke prematurely" and you are 100% correct with your assessment. He made a huge mistake. He meant to say "Mission Accomplished" because we all know that is a more accurate statement.

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ericnoholdemJul. 29, 13 3:56 PM

Brought to you by the U.S. Government!

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sandpoint17Jul. 29, 13 4:58 PM

Iraq needs to be divided into three countries: sunni, shiite, and kurd.

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davehougJul. 29, 13 5:03 PM

surprise.....surprise.......NOT

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twspt7Jul. 29, 13 5:20 PM

We all knew this was gonna happen from Day 1. We all knew once our ground forces left Iraq that it would slip back into chaos, a situation we created when we invaded Iraq. We made this bed. We have to lie in it.

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bigtmnJul. 29, 13 5:23 PM

I guess that's what $800 BILLION will get you. Nothing.

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naseth12Jul. 29, 13 6:42 PM

I distinctly remember where I was when I first heard Bush discussing Iraq, and I knew then that we were on the path to a terrible mistake. Our invasion of Iraq will go down as one of the most needless and hubris-fueled geopolitical mishaps in history.

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McConvictJul. 29, 13 6:57 PM

This world has gone downhill ever since we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. The economy sucks, unless you're filthy rich, then you just keep getting richer while the rest of us have to be happy with $13 an hour. Oh yeah, not to mention wiretapping, torture and eavesdropping by the government is a fact of life now.

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