LastDayWatchers you already know the truth about the so-called "Success of the Surge"
The neocons salvaged some of their status in 2007 by pushing the fiction of the “successful surge,” which supposedly had turned impending defeat into victory, but the truth was that the “surge” only delayed the inevitable failure of the US enterprise.
For the neocons, it also remains crucial that average Americans don’t think too much about the why behind the disastrous Iraq War.
A decade after President George W. Bush ordered the unprovoked invasion of Iraq, one of the enduring mysteries has been why
“If al-Qaeda manages to really take hold of western Iraq, that’s a pretty substantial base on Arab territory, where they’d have security and the space to start thinking about operations wherever they want to think about,” said Crocker. “It’s exactly what they had in Afghanistan before 9/11.”
There’s little U.S. public appetite for renewed military involvement in Iraq. Sixty-two percent of Americans now think it was a mistake for President George W. Bush to send troops there in 2003
According to a CNN/ORC poll taken Sept. 6-8. During the war, 4,489 Americans were killed and 32,237 wounded.
“Once safe havens are created, they can pretty quickly become hardened, and it becomes difficult to dislodge the militants without a major effort,these areas become conduits for men, money and materiel, and they give extremists a place to plot, which is dangerous for the neighborhood and, ultimately, for us.”
The Syrian uprising has been fueled by Sunni extremists from Iraq who joined the rebellion against Syria's President Bashar Assad and helped conquer towns and desert safe havens along the Iraq-Syria border. That gave operating space and motivation for the extremists to ratchet up the ongoing wave of terror attacks in Iraq.
The violence that brought Iraq back to the headlines, while tragic, was not surprising.
One can only wonder how much worse the situation would be had Obama’s wild and irresponsible plan to attack Syria directly been approved by Congress.
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Iran has managed to keep Mr. Assad in power and wields considerable influence over its neighbors, Iraq and Afghanistan. Rightly or wrongly, they view their regional enemy Saudi Arabia as being on the verge of collapse, saying in Friday Prayer speeches and in televised debates that the kingdom is ruled by old men who have lost their way.