August 8, 2014 – The president has ordered airstrikes in ISIS in Iraq. The more things change, the more they stay the same, except when things get worse.
The U.S. has been involved in Iraq since 1990. Following our routing of Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, our air force was involved in bombing Iraq for 12 years. This effort was one of the three reasons Bin Laden gave for the 9/11 attacks.
In March of 2003, we invaded, and over the past 11 years, suffered severe casualties and costs. An incomplete effort to leave Iraq was met with chaos, far surpassing anything seen under Saddam Hussein. And now, after 24 years, it’s back to square one: aerial bombardments of ISIS forces that have taken over nearly a third of Iraq.
The hawks are delighted with the switch to militarism as the solution for the chaos that our policies have created. Many, though, are not satisfied that Obama is using enough force to subdue the ongoing civil war.
John Boehner, speaking for the Republican leadership, claims that more force is needed since our vital national interests are at stake. Boehner is demanding a long-term strategy that defines success as completing our mission. Of course, we all recall the Republican description of of “mission accomplished” back in 2003.
How in the world can we expect continuing the same policy of the last 24 years to all of a sudden work? It’s time to come home.
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