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No Evidence Of WMDs? Blair Still Would Have Invaded

Posted by Anthony on December 12, 2009

Tony Blair, in an interview by the BBC coming out tomorrow, states that he would have invaded Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein even if there was no evidence of WMDs.

“I would still have thought it right to remove him. I mean obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments, about the nature of the threat.”

Nothing about the invasion was illegal. It was wrong, and it was drummed up by the neocons who were in office. But it was not illegal.

Did Saddam Hussein need to be removed and killed? Absolutely. He ran a terror regime; his sons raped newlyweds and punished failing athletes.

Britain is set to do a major investigation next year into its involvement in the Iraq War. One can only hope it is not going to be all about how the invasion was illegal, which garners no progress and comes away with nothing new learned.


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Success Or Failure, Surge Isn’t Good Idea

Posted by Anthony on December 5, 2009

On Tuesday, December 1st, President Obama announced to the country his plan for a troop surge in Afghanistan.  This came in response to General McChrystal’s report that was declassified back in late September.  It called for more US soldiers to be deployed in Afghanistan to combat an increase of fatalities and insurgent violence.

The move was met with criticism from both sides.  Many oppose the surge because they believe sending more troops is the exact opposite of what the country should be doing.  Others oppose the surge because there is a timetable of eighteen months before troops begin coming home.  Supporters point to the Iraq troop surge and its success, but that is no guarantee of another success in a completely different environment.  The terrain, civilians, and enemy are completely different than that of the ones in Iraq.  And anyway, who determines when the surge is deemed a “success”?  The criteria for this is unknown; it seems to be a ploy to score political points, which today is sadly a more important goal than securing the safety of our veterans.

The decision to publicly declare when US troops would begin to come home is dangerous to military operations.  Who is to say that insurgents will not hide and wait out the surge, and then resurface in eighteen months?  Would it not be wiser to keep any withdrawal information confidential?  Such information should never be released to the public and blared by all media outlets.

With the unwillingness of Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, to combat corruption in Afghanistan’s own government, some question whether it is worth it to continue fighting and helping them.  After all, if they refuse to help themselves, why cater to them?  All of it will be a waste in money, resources, and blood; surely, nobody wants that to happen, which is why President Obama continues to put pressure on Karzai to cooperate.  The war has dragged on for over eight years, and if Afghanistan will not cooperate, then they should be left on their own.

One drawback of this troop surge is an obvious but critical one-it puts 30,000 more US soldiers in danger.  For months now, they have been held back on a leash by strict Rules of Engagement (ROE), one of which calls for US retaliation only in imminent danger.  The measure provides a minimal chance of civilian casualties, but at the expense of an increased chance of soldiers dying.  Rather than have soldiers shoot at the enemy hiding in civilian homes, they are advised to clear out safely unless, again, “in imminent danger”.  It’s a war-are they not always in imminent danger?

What is most mind boggling are the political pundits, radio/TV hosts, and politicians who have no idea how wars are “run”, and yet they call for massive troop increases.  One wonders what they would say if they had a son, daughter, or even themselves who would be shipped over there.  Would they still support a surge?  Do they even know what has been going on in Afghanistan, or is their solution just to put more soldiers into the meat grinder?  These “pundits” need to sit down, shut up, and let the military Generals do the talking, for experience has always been worth more than authority.

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