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Tag: Saddam Hussein

June
30th

IRAQ: Obama’s retreat has been a disaster

Do the Democrats really want to relitigate the Iraq war? Dick Cheney served this country honorably and was a key adviser to President George W. Bush. Bush made the decision to go to war, not Cheney. The decision was supported by numerous Democrats, including Sens Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

There is an abundance of evidence that Saddam Hussein had ties to many Islamic terrorist groups including al-Qaida and that he supported global terrorism. The Bush administration feared he might share weapons of mass destruction with one of these groups that could then launch attacks against the U.S. A 2008

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June
26th

IRAQ: This is what our war has wrought

And so it begins, the unraveling of Iraq. The value of the blood and treasure we spent there is quickly fading towards zero. My heart goes out to our veterans who sacrificed so much for what might soon be nothing.

Sure, we hanged Saddam Hussein, that evil guy who tried to kill George Bush’s dad, but I don’t see how that was a good thing. If Saddam were still in power now we would be secretly feeding him weapons in hopes that Iraq would attack Iran’s nuclear activities instead of Israel.

People who opposed Operation Iraq Liberation (OIL) before it

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June
13th

IRAQ: What a waste of American lives

Gee, this is turning out so well.

The ISIS guys are extreme fundamentalists who want to impose Sharia law, not just in Iraq and Syria but across the Middle East. No secular schools, no school of any kind for girls, and all the rest. A guarantee of a glorious return to the Middle Ages for Iraqis who, under the dictator, suffered but had lights and running water and a number of world-class universities.

This is better?

The West traded the stable if brutally oppressive Saddam Hussein for the possibility/probability of a petro-state bunch of Islamo-fascists. Might the West’s long-term interests

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June
13th

IRAQ: Let’s not forget, this is Cheney’s handiwork

In 1994, former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney vigorously defended the 1991 decision of the elder Bush not to invade Baghdad and take out Saddam Hussein, rightly claiming that doing so would disastrously destabilize the region and “if we broke it, we would own it.”

Much later, something changed his mind. Was it becoming the CEO of Halliburton, which has made untold billions on the ensuing war and stands to continue making billions more? As chief counsel and vice president to a man utterly inexperienced regarding foreign policy, he carried unprecedented influence in the crucial period between 9/11 and the

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May
29th

BENGHAZI: Finding truth about attack does matter

Re: “Republicans show hypocrisy on Benghazi” (letter, 5-24).

This letter writer and other liberals have repeatedly claimed that the Iraq War was based on lies. This claim is simply not true. There was never any evidence to support these allegations directly other than people saying it. President Bush didn’t lie to the American people.

The writer asks, “Where were these so-called patriots when 4,000 Americans died in Iraq?” Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and true patriots were honoring them for making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Where was she? Down at the Port of Tacoma participating in an

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Dec.
22nd

IRAQ: America’s worst foreign policy mistake

Re: “Wave of bombings across Iraqi capital kills 69″ (TNT, 12-22).

The day after the U.S. declares a formal end to the war in Iraq, the president of the sham democracy we imposed arrests his vice president. Now scores have died in waves of bombings. Sunnis, teamed up with Kurds, resume their civil war against Iranian-backed Shi’as.

Which side will we arm and finance now?

We based our imperial invasion of Iraq on fictionalized intelligence and blatant lies told by our president, vice president and secretary of state. The war bankrupted our treasury, exhausted our military, killed hundreds of

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Dec.
20th

NORTH KOREA: No tears for human monster

So now its Kim Jong Il’s turn to go out with a whimper. Under his reign, millions of his own people starved while he ate lobster tails with golden chopsticks. Under his command he maintained an army of millions, and developed nuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles. He repeatedly threatened neighboring countries with his weapons of mass destruction.

Now North Korea is again in turmoil, and they hate the United States, thanks to Kim’s propaganda machine.

And so another brutal leader is gone, along with Saddam Hussain, Osama bin Laden and other ak-Qaida leaders. And let’s not forget Moammar Gadhafi. Good

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Sep.
12th

9/11: Rethinking the aftermath of that day

I was living in Tacoma when the Saudi terrorists hit the twin towers. President Bush wasted no time building a case against Saddam Hussein, but many of us in Tacoma did not see the need for a rush to war and attended rallies at the Federal Building, where a professor from a local university addressed us. During his talk, a couple soldiers also addressed the rally with a chant, “Start the war now!”

These soldiers looked to be 19 or 20 and did not seem to be veterans. The mindset of these kids – that war is the solution for

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