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Old 10-28-2011, 11:52 AM
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Although a dictator and mass murderer, Saddam was a nice Nationalist buffer blocking the rise of the more religiously driven Iran.

Although I've never known it was that much about Oil.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:20 PM
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I believe that the issue is one of poor leadership. From the very top.
Goes without saying.
Now if only the lead would be a little more questioning...

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What was so defensive with Iraq? For all I remember, Bush said Saddam was flirting with Taliban and Al-Queda and had WMD. THAT was the basis for the war in Iraq. Sounds more like policing then defending
Where'd you get your news, JE -- Fox?
Saddam had nothing to do with the Taliban and executed anyone suspected of being Al Queda.


The UNSCOM inspectors had accounted for all the weapons Saddam had been sold, and reported repeatedly that there were no WMD in Iraq.
Iraq, as was mentioned above, was an important strategic buffer against a potentially insurgent Iran.
The US had Iraq essentially bottled up with a "no fly zone" spanning the middle third of the country which was continually overflown and monitored. Iraq couldn't even switch on a radar station without being immediately bombed.

Iraq was no threat to anybody but it's own citizens, and even they were generally safe as long as they kept their heads down and played along. Iraq's neighbors, even Israel, had no fear of Iraq.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:24 PM
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Iraq was no threat to anybody but it's own citizens, and even they were generally safe as long as they kept their heads down and played along. Iraq's neighbors, even Israel, had no fear of Iraq.
Where do you get your news? Fox? Oh, wait, you already used that one.
Anyway, I have inside info from relatives who fled Iran to avoid being drafted in their war against Iraq.
It was very much a threat to people outside of Iraq.
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Sorry Revoltingest, I thought we were talking about Iraq immediately prior to the US invasion. The Iran-Iraq war was way back in the early-mid '80s.
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Sorry Revoltingest, I thought we were talking about Iraq immediately prior to the US invasion. The Iran-Iraq war was way back in the early-mid '80s.
Geeze....seems like yesterday.
But Hussein's history suggested a continuing threat.
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Where'd you get your news, JE -- Fox?
Saddam had nothing to do with the Taliban and executed anyone suspected of being Al Queda.


The UNSCOM inspectors had accounted for all the weapons Saddam had been sold, and reported repeatedly that there were no WMD in Iraq.
Iraq, as was mentioned above, was an important strategic buffer against a potentially insurgent Iran.
The US had Iraq essentially bottled up with a "no fly zone" spanning the middle third of the country which was continually overflown and monitored. Iraq couldn't even switch on a radar station without being immediately bombed.

Iraq was no threat to anybody but it's own citizens, and even they were generally safe as long as they kept their heads down and played along. Iraq's neighbors, even Israel, had no fear of Iraq.
Could it had been I was just mentioning the lies Bush gave the American people as an excuse to go to Iraq back in 03? Mentioning them to a guy who said the war on Iraq was defensive war, which in reality was not? Even with these BS excuses, it would not have been a defensive war, but a war based on policing the world? Which would be why the last line in my reply went... Sounds more like policing then defending
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Why does everything boil down to whether or not you watched Fox?
While I do agree that sometimes their commentators are a bit biased(which channel's commentators aren't?), their news was as accurate as HLN or CNN or MSNBC.
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There's a reason there were no WMDs found in Iraq.

Saddam (and the Russkies) had them trucked to Syria. Hence the Israeli attack in 2007.

PJ Media Satellite Photos Support Testimony That Iraqi WMD Went to Syria

http://www.nysun.com/foreign/iraqs-w...da-says/26514/

http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/...2/230625.shtml

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There is no question that the Russian effort to remove Iraqi WMD systems was the most successful intelligence operation of the 21st century. The Russians were able to move hundreds of tons of chemical, biological and nuclear materials without being discovered by CIA satellites or NSA radio listening posts.
"There is a clear sense on how effective they were," noted Shaw.
"The fact that the CIA did not know shows just how successful the Russian operation was," he concluded.
http://prairiepundit.blogspot.com/20...-in-syria.html

http://globalpolitician.com/21610-iraq-syria-wmd

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I have three kids in the military. My ex husband is a LTC in the Army. My father and my brother served in the military. They all joined for different reasons - but the only one I can think of which joined for the incentive package is my ex husband. That being said, once in, he chose to commit to a career, based on his belief in the mission.
Wow your anecdote doesn't align with mine, shocking that is.

One would wonder then, given such a surge of nationalism and patriotism, why the military offers such generous aide packages or why it targets low income areas of society, such as the school I went to.

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Saddam was a nice Nationalist buffer blocking the rise of the more religiously driven Iran.
Was that before or after he launched scuds at Israel?
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Why does everything boil down to whether or not you watched Fox?
Because it's a shorthand way of dismissing a poster's thoughts?
Obviously, if you & I disagree about something, then the cause must be your corrupt source of info.
Different perspectives or my lame reasoning couldn't possibly be the cause. Fault elsewhere must be found!
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