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The Iraq war was a Republican disaster, and we're still recovering

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Once and for all, let’s get the record as straight as it can be about Iraq. Invading Iraq was a costly mistake for which Americans not only did not get a return on cost, the nation has gone deep into debt over the egregiously flawed foreign policy. Republicans led America into the Iraq war to feather the Military Industrial Complex with the enormous contracts for which politicians were deep into conflicts of interest.

Most notably are Mr. and Mrs. Cheney. Mrs Cheney served on the Board of Directors for Lockheed Martin Corporation while Mr. Cheney headed Haliburton. Those companies benefited enormously from the unnecessary war and preemptive foreign policy.

Dig a little deeper to discover layers of conflict of interest between political leaders and the defense contractor giants. We went to war presumably for oil. If we had the correct energy strategy, that would not have been necessary at all.

Getting out of Iraq is one certain accomplishment for the Obama administration.

So, when we read in The Hill that Republicans are chastising President Obama for leaving Iraq, be informed that we did not have the resource capacity to engage Iraq to begin with. We could never afford to complete the nation building in Iraq, or anywhere else in the Middle East.

Now, consider the qualifications and credentials of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee who is leading the criticism.

“Born in Tujunga, Los Angeles, California, McKeon graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga. He spent two years as a Mormon missionary before enrolling at Brigham Young University.[1] He later received his Bachelor of Science degree in animal husbandry in 1985, after previously putting his studies on hold to raise a family and establish his early business career. He was the owner of a Western clothing shop until its bankruptcy in 1999[2] and has also served as the chairman of a small, regional bank. McKeon gained his first political experience when he was elected to the William S. Hart High School District board of trustees.?

Buck should not be in office, much less leading the Armed Services Committee. He is a joke.

As for Senator McCain, the usual critic, he crashed a fighter plane in training. He ignored orders on a combat mission in Vietnam that led to his being shot down. His reputation was that of a smart aleck and hot dog. That still applies as he demonstrated that in an unsuccessful bid for Presidency. Some veterans are true heroes. Others celebrate their failures as if they were.

Voters need to wise up and purge Congress of these incompetent sources of noise in the system.

"OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Republicans slam Obama on Iraq
By Jeremy Herb and Kristina Wong

Republicans slammed the White House on Monday over the resurgence of al Qaeda in Iraq, calling on the administration to do more to help the Iraqis push back against the affiliate groups."



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