General Bolger's words quoted in Time magazine - Bolger said his views on the wars grew more sour during his three tours. "My guilt is not having earlier figured out what was going wrong, and making a more forceful case and working with my peer generals to make a better military recommendation,"
He says. "What eats at me the most is the 80 dead people I had in my command over my three tours, that eats at me a hell of a lot."
"Some say the Iraq surge of 2007 proved counterinsurgency tactics worked. Others point out that today's Iraq is a sectarian mess, undermining that belief. As for the Afghan surge of 2010-11, well, who knows? We cannot even say, or will not even say, who won these campaigns. It sure does not seem to be us..."
“We took out Saddam. We thought that would change. Iraq’s in worse shape, we take out Gadhafi, we thought that would change. It got so bad in Libya, we’ve had to pull out our own embassy and our people in our embassy… it makes no sense to me, and I can’t sell it…no one believes the outcome will be any different.”
Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.V want to know, he said, how a renewed U.S. war effort in the region—after spending 13 years, $1.6 trillion and 6,600 U.S. troops’ lives in Afghanistan and Iraq—would make things better.
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The invasion unleashed profound sectarian strife when minority Sunnis, who had dominated the region for centuries, suddenly found themselves vulnerable to vindictive Shiite leaders installed by America. Many Sunnis aligned themselves with Al Qaeda elements that flooded the country, bent on exploiting this chaos to establish a safe haven for themselves.
Bush’s 2007 “surge,” far from any kind of successful military action, actually was a kind of cover for diplomatic efforts to get traditional Sunni leaders to turn on their erstwhile Al Qaeda collaborators. They did so under assurances that the new government under Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, would protect Sunni interests and safety.