Exit Operation Iraqi Freedom

Friday, September 03, 2010


After seven years, a trillion dollars, tens of thousands of civilian deaths, nearly 35,000 US injured and 4,500 US dead, President Obama announced this week that the combat mission in Iraq is over. Historian Douglas Brinkley explains why this seemingly momentous moment received so little media coverage.

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Not a Chance

Sorry, I left out the final quotation marks.

The whole post was quoted, it was posted by a guy named only "Mike," and it was from the On Point comments forum for 9/3.

Sep. 10 2010 07:55 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

By the way, Ms./Mr. Datta, while I spent years defending and even championing the definition of anarchy you espouse, I found self-styled "anarchists" in black disrupting and turning brutal events others worked hard to organize peacefully and supposed kin in struggle actually using that struggle just to score sex.

To have your version of anarchy requires a populace of Dali Llamas. To coin a phrase, not a chance!

Sep. 10 2010 01:46 AM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Would have preferred that the above had appropriate use of quotation marks, acknowledgement of the actual source of the quote and that Not A Chance used his/her true name with which to identify the writer. Beyond that, he/she offers much more than just a thought. It is truth.

Sep. 10 2010 01:32 AM
Not a Chance

I liked this post by a commenter on another site:

"One final comment on the ’surge’ that Boehner and other conservatives give President Bush credit for. Has everyone forgot that it was Bush and secretary Rumsfeld that ‘dissed’ general Shinseki when he disagreed over how many troops the U.S. would need to keep in Iraq for the postwar occupation of that country? He recommended that several hundred thousand soldiers would probably be required and it was rejected by both Rumsfeld and his Deputy Secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz. But the final say is with the president who sided with Rumsfeld. Then 4 years later Bush realizes there are too few troops in Iraq. Had he listened to the general in the first place there wouldn’t have been a need for a surge.
Remember Ben Franklin’s saying “A stich in time saves nine”. Conservatives want to give Bush credit for the nine stiches after refusing the one stich earlier.

Sep. 04 2010 10:44 AM
Not a Chance

"Just a thought" is typical of conservatives who think the whole world is foaming at the mouth to adopt American values and make the dollar chase their prime directive.

Well, fact is, in some places the world is simply screwed beyoned repair, often due to past colonial impulses... this is the case in Iraq. Iraq had a brutal dictator largely because that was the only way isostasy found its way into the chaos left behind by past imperialist interference.

Almost two thirds of Iraqis today would have preferred Sadaam had remained if it meant never having to deal with the American invasion and its aftermath.

Conservatives are indeed spoiling to put their spin on revisionist history.

Sep. 04 2010 10:44 AM
Just a Thought

"After seven years, a trillion dollars, tens of thousands of civilian deaths, nearly 35,000 US injured and 4,500 US dead"".....................the toppling and bringing to justice of the worst tyrant in recent history and his degenerate brood and odious minions and bringing for the first time in world history to this tortured people, a democratic and decent government to an educated and potentially wealthy key stone nation in the most oppressive and dangerous region in the world....
OTM..this is why the media is considered corrupted with left-wing bias.....because it is.

Sep. 04 2010 08:48 AM
Robin Datta from Fresno, CA 'mericuh

Your guest Mr. Douglas Brinkley states "If it's anarchy in Baghdad, it will be seen as the biggest boondoggle in American History". He penhaps has a misunderstanding of anarchy.

Anarchy is the absence of a state, a government, a coterie that claims the right and maintains the physical power to initiate the use of force, in violation of the non-aggression principle. Hewing to the non-aggression principle, the non-initiation of the use of force / violence has the logical outcome of anarchy, a societal condition with the least disorder or chaos.

Perhaps you could forward the following links to him:

Practical Anarchy:

Everyday Anarchy:

Sep. 04 2010 03:54 AM

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