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Old 01 Apr 16, 18:35
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The US intervention in Iraq / Russia in Syria

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Originally Posted by MarkV View Post
Effectively Rumsfeld was trying to do it on the cheap which was only going to work if he had had some proxy force to take over and batten down Iraq or he was prepared to pull out immediately and let either Iraq end up like Libya has today or watch the Iranians take over. There was no way to do it on the cheap
Surely the important lesson to learn was that it shouldn't have been 'done' at all.

Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 for Pete's Sake, the WMD justification was completely fabricated and bogus.
The damage done by Bush's folly to US image, interests and geopolitical position in the region was massive and probably going to take decades to repair.

The 'Vietnam Syndrome' so confidently declared dead and buried by Bush Snr at the end of the 1991 Gulf War is back with a vengeance.
The ability of any US administration to suggest a major US 'boots on the ground' option in the Mid-East is now very limited.


Nice going George, Donald, Dick, Paul and Richard - blithering idiots!

All those Iraqis dead for what?
All that US blood and treasure for what?

However, this thread is about how an intervention in the ME does not have to be a quagmire.

Who knows maybe the Russians may still find its easier to talk about limited intervention than to actually carry it out without eventual escalation?

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