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Aug 11, 2014

Crikey says: still paying the price for Bush’s folly

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The decision of the Obama administration to intervene militarily in Iraq in defence of Yazidi refugees and what is, for all intents and purposes, the new independent Kurdish state against Islamic State forces is the correct one. But it also demonstrates the extent to which Iraq has been left as an unviable state in the wake of the attack on Saddam Hussein. The most powerful symbol of this was when US airstrikes destroyed the Humvees of Islamic State forces. These US-supplied vehicles were captured from fleeing Iraqi army forces in June.

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  1. Bill Hilliger

    And now for war criminal charges for Bush Blair Howard the three warriors.

  2. klewso

    Bush had help – Howard, Blair and “Comical Ally” Murdoch, “embedded”, to handle PR.

  3. Coaltopia

    Well, unlikely the *only* demonstrable result of the Iraq War… sure, the Sunnis are back… but I think this quote sums it up:

    “See, this is why I keep thinking Cheney’s got to be an Iranian mole. How could he not see that a war in Iraq benefits noncombatant neighboring states? He had to know. He can’t be that stup — Wait, I withdraw the comment.” – The War Nerd

  4. AR

    The point surely, as WarNerd groked, is that they cannot have been so stupid therefore the only question is what were the real motives? It can’t have been oil as it turned out to be orders of magnitude dearer to steal it than buy it. Plus the concomitant damage on the societies of the belligerents, our loss of security, general freedoms and further encroachments to come.
    Looks as if that was the original purpose all along, the Security State unquestioned my Mr & Mrs Pooter who actually demand that they be protected from whatever hobgoblin the authorities post.

  5. klewso

    “Bush’s folly”, “Howard legacy” – “monkeys in silk ….”?

  6. Gavin Moodie

    Great editorial, thanx. I still wish they were signed.

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