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Thoughts About Iraq: Is there a way to feel good about it?

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Dec 20, 2011

Like most Americans, I saw footage of the last Americans loading out of Iraq with relief and pride in our troops’ ability to fight a hostile enemy in a worse environment, half-way around the globe. Those who could endure that mortal peril and overcome a zealous foe deserve our deepest gratitude.

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Posted by Harald A. Bailey
a resident of another community
on Dec 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Dear Tom,

Thank you. As a Viet Nam veteran, there cannot be a war with a different result fought anywhere in Asia.

Joyous wishes at Christmas and welcome home to all our service people from Iraq.


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Posted by George
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 21, 2011 at 6:47 am

"Internationally, the US squandered goodwill by acting unilaterally in the face of resistance from cooler heads elsewhere."
Are you serious? How many U.N. resolutions would it take for you to concede that the U.S. had ample international support to disarm Iraq? Pandering to the U.N. and its useless diplomacy ran its course, just as the useless, dangerous, ineffective "diplomacy" of our current president is running its course towards even more serious future conflicts. Nice touch for you thanking the troops, but your obvious disdain regarding the Iraq conflict and those in leadership at the time is obvious. Guessing you'll be voting for Ron Paul?

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Dec 21, 2011 at 7:26 am

Well yeah, George, I'm serious as an IED attack. The UN is one source of opinion and there are many others. It is my impression that those countries who committed troops were mostly strong-armed into doing so.

I would also note that those other countries didn't exactly rush to the front, as demonstrated by the fact that 97+% of the casualties were US and UK dead. The other 23 'willing partners,' not so many.

Another part of the reason the world needs multilateralism is to share the burden. The US should not bear the whole load in blood or money. Do those numbers look like a shared burden to you?

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Posted by Curious George
a resident of another community
on Dec 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

George, do you watch or read the news at all?

When it comes to checking the score card of who has effectively taken out bad guys, either through direct action(Bin Laden) or smart positioning within a coalition(Libya), this President is head and shoulders above any going a generation or two back. The difference is he doesn't do it with self-congratulatory press conferences or ill conceived "Mission Accomplishment" dog and pony shows.

Your issue with the Prez is obviously something other than his national security record and your frustration is simply showing in your silly claim not supported by fact.

Remind me again what we accomplished with the $3 TRILLION we will have spent in Iraq when the bill is all paid for besides taking out a 2-bit local hood who was keeping Iran in check. The only WMD were in Dick Chaney's fabricated intel. But that Haliburton stock of his paid off nicely for him and his buddies with all those security contracts now, didn't it?

Local men and women had to die for this boondoggle and families will be forever pained. But in the shoot first, ask questions later world you appear to live in that's someone elses price you are more than willing to pay?

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Posted by John Tanner
a resident of Danville
on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:01 am

Since the Bush era wars were paid for by what amounts to a mortgage, ie deficit spending. Let's see if we can convince the d-a republican hooligans in Congress to agree to immediately retire this debt by either cutting spending somewhere else, or raising taxes. Or maybe that is what they told 'W' at that time? Not! they bent over and gladly accepted it. The party of dumb has gotten even dumber since the George regime was ousted. Just look at their candidates for president!!!!

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Dec 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

"Is there a way to feel good about it?"...We "should feel good" the fact we are blessed to live in a country where brave men and woman are willing to serve their country, even if that means potentially giving their lives for our country...Whether you agree or disgree with going to Iraq, there should be no disagreement about the bravery of our soldiers and all the sacrifices they make for our great country, and for that alone, I "feel good".

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Dec 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Tom Cushing is a registered user.

By gawd, American, I just knew we would find common ground, somewhere.

Happy New Year!

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Dec 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Mr. Cushing: I bet there are a couple more things we have in common:

(1) Importance of taking in rescue dogs, instead of buying from dog breeders;
(2) Realization we are blessed to live in a great town like Danville;
(3) Sick and tired of everything "Kardashian".

Belated Merry Christmas, and lets remember to keep Christ in Christmas!