Humble Rants 01/29/2014

Posted Monday, January 27, 2014 in Opinion

Humble Rants 01/29/2014

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

The headline in USA Today said "LOSING IRAQ."

"The population once freed by the U.S.-Iraqi alliance has now watched those same jihadist insurgents return to command the streets and impose their will."

 The terms "liberated"  or "insurgency beaten and humiliated" only have meaning in context: Are they talking about Sherman's march through Georgia or the Russians taking Berlin? 

"When the last U.S. combat troops departed Iraq in December 2011, they left behind a defeated al-Qaeda"  How do you defeat an idea? If Eisenhower "defeated" a way of thinking that banned unions, how is it possible that that way of thinking has gained such a strong foothold here? 

Should we see the present situation in Iraq through the eyes of a military historian and former adviser to George W. Bush?  Or through the eyes of a citizen of Anbar who might wish for the good old days of Saddam Hussein before the U. S. reduced Iraq to a shambles?

I don't know about those things. I would know more if I could go there and talk with two or three dozen people in their neighborhoods.  (On Friday a well-spoken man from Iran spent quite a bit of time trying to explain to me that the people in Iran do not hate Americans. I didn't bother to tell him that he was preaching to the choir.)

What I do know is that the Iraq war and the Vietnam war both served their intended purpose: A very few people are much richer now than they were when either of those wars started.

Look for more money-making wars soon.

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