100 Years of War

Posted: May 11, 2008 in america, lies, military, politics, republicans, Uncategorized, war

Some thoughts on why McCain’s “100 years in Iraq” really means 100 years of war, despite what Charles Krauthammer and other Bush toadies would like to think.

At the end of World War II, at the beginning of the Soviet era in Europe, and right up to the end of the Cold War, the world looked pretty much like this:

The lines were clearly defined.  We were on one side, they were on the other, and for decades our presence in Europe was pretty peaceful, apart from the occasional act of espionage or terrorism.  But military casualties were few and far between.  Most of those were caused by training accidents.

Shift to Korea.  McCain et al assert that we’ve had a “military presence” there for 50 years and it doesn’t bother anyone.  Well, true enough, but here’s what the map has looked like since the end of the Korean War:

Same picture, right?  The DMZ is the most dangerous place to live, but for a long time there’s been no fighting.  Oh, to be sure, the North has made occasional attempts to infiltrate the South, but apart from defectors there has been no successful invasion since.  Again, relative peace and stability.

Now, let’s look at the situation in Iraq, and what a “continued American presence” there would look like.  Here’s what the map looks like now:

It’s us, surrounded on all sides by people who don’t want us there, and are willing to blow themselves up to get rid of us.  Here’s what it’ll look like next year:

And in 50 years:

And if you seriously think the picture’s going to change in 100 years, then you’re an idiot.

My friends, a continued American military presence in Iraq will, indeed, mean war for as long as we’re there.  We can’t afford that.  Bush’s Blunder has already cost nearly 4100 American lives and inflicted over 40,000 casualties.  Every person killed or wounded over there represents a family shattered, a child left fatherless, a widow left to raise her kids on her own.  Multiply these numbers out 100 years.  Our nation does not have the resources NOW to deal with even the 40,000 wounded this disaster has created.  Imagine another 40,000 after six more years of this hell.  Another 240,000 after 25 years.

To say nothing of the expense.  McCain, Clinton and the rest of the Bush League want to keep pouring $1 Trillion a year into Iraq, for no better reason than to protect our credibility.  Well, my friends, it’s time for a little “straight talk” – something you WON’T get from McCain.

We’ve already lost our credibility.   We sacrificed it on an altar of lies, in the name of oil.  We gambled and lost.  We allowed a gang of incompetent fools to rush our country into a war we couldn’t win, based on assumptions that weren’t true.

And we’ll be paying for their mistake for years to come.

  1. Kathryn Chevy Chase, MD says:

    I don’t quite get the whole picture. But eluding to an after math of withdraw and the resulting slaughter as in Vietnam would suffice to explain this statement.

  2. Afrit007 says:

    It’s actually quite simple. In Iraq today there is no wall or demilitarized zone. We are an occupying force in a country that doesn’t want us there, caught between two warring factions that would be fighting each other if not for the fact that we’re an easier and more convenient target.

    The Sunni-Shia conflict has been going on for 1400 years. If we think we can solve it through “political reconciliation” today, we’re insane. It won’t change in 5 years, 25 years, 50 years or 100 years. And if we stay there, we’ll continue to be the same thing we are today – a convenient target.

    By mentioning the slaughter that followed Vietnam, you seem to be suggesting that we need to be in Iraq. I hope I’ve misinterpreted that statement. Yes, if we leave Iraq, it will be bad. But it’s already bad, and nothing this or any future administration does over there will improve it. The only answer is to leave, admit to the world that we screwed up, and take our lumps for it.

    We can’t win, but we can’t leave. What a nice mess Bush got us into.