When we fought the Nazis, the Japanese and the fascist Italians each one represented a single dragon protecting a single castle. Once you chop the head off (i.e. Hitler) the danger is removed but in Iraq, you cut one head off and not only are there six others left but a new seventh head grows right back where the old one was sliced off. All the while we're trying to prop up an army that doesn't want to fight and a government that doesn't know how to rule even after 5 years of patience and training on our part. Training the Iraqi army has been like trying to train a puppy to be an attack dog.
In addition, when do we know when this period of lasting peace will begin? I guess it's kind of like how some people say one can know what is pornography and what is not because, "you know it when you see it." It all reminds me of that brilliant play, "Waiting for Godot" where the characters wait for Godot to arrive but he never does and none of the principle players even know what to look for. Yet still they wait with only their faith to sustain their confidence. That's Iraq, just have faith, things will improve in six months and peace will finally be established. It's the boy who cried wolf, we just need six months and then nothing much changes and we are asked to wait another six and on and on.
And finally, staying in Iraq like we have in South Korea, Germany and Japan costs money that we don't have as well as requiring troops and equipment that we don't have either. We can't just occupy and protect every country in the world. It's just not sustainable. In South Korea there is a line of demarcation but in Iraq we're in the middle of everything, there are no discernible borders to protect and the surrounding countries (except for maybe Israel) aren't going to support a permanent American presence in the middle-east. The Iraqis themselves aren't going to like such a plan either. They want the violence to stop but they also want control over their own country and future.
IN OTHER NEWS: Obama picked up another super delegate today who is the second former DNC chairperson in two days to back Barack. Overall the super delegates have strongly broken for Obama for the past month or so.
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