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Bombing Won't Save Iraq

By Patrick J. Buchanan | Friday - June 20, 2014

The panic that engulfed this capital after the fall of Mosul, when it appeared that the Islamist fanatics of ISIS would overrun Baghdad, has passed.

And the second thoughts have begun.

“U.S. Sees Risk in Iraqi Airstrikes,” ran the June 19 headline in the Washington Post, “Military Warns of Dangerous Complications.”

This is welcome news. For if it is an unwritten rule of republics not to commit to war unless the nation is united, America has never been less prepared for a Mideast war.

Our commander in chief is a reluctant warrior who wants his legacy to be ending our two longest wars. And just as Obama does not want to go back into Iraq, neither does the U.S. military.

The American people want no new war, and Congress does not want to be forced to vote on such a war.

Our foreign policy elites are split half a dozen ways — on whether to bomb or not to bomb, on who our real enemies are in Syria and Iraq, on whose support we should and should not accept, on what our strategic goals are, and what are the prospects for success.

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It became necessary to destroy Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos...- Nixon

... to save Southeast Asia. - Nixon, et al "Domino Theory" circa 1970 AD. A conspiracy theory. Trumpeting "Peace with Honor." A love story about bombing Southeast Asia for its own good.

On April 30th, 1970, President Richard Nixon declared to a television audience that both U.S. and Southern Vietnamese troops were to invade the Kingdom of Cambodia. President Nixon stated that the reasons behind the invasion were to disturb the Northern Vietnamese supply lines transported from Cambodia. Other reasons why they invaded were to bomb and destroy the Viet Cong base camps that were interfering with operations in Southern Vietnam. What very few American citizens knew about the U.S. involvement with Cambodia was months before President Nixon announced the Invasion he had been ordering bombing of the country...

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Excellent analogy

Nixon's "madman theory" is still a central pillar of foreign policy, although they might use different names for it. "No sense makes sense" as Charles Manson once put it.

First thing that came to my

First thing that came to my mind after reading the title of this post is: "eating 500 twinkles per day will make you fat."

It's sad that "bombing won't save Iraq" is not just as obvious.

Unfortunately, people need it spelled out.