I Didn't Fucking Lose Iraq
The Unholy Trio--John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Kelly Ayotte--is demanding that President Obama let loose with American weaponry in Iraq to stave off the the onrushing Islamic State of Iraq and Syria which threatens Iraq's national existence. They bark at Obama for failing to leave behind a residual force to give the Iraqi army some spine, saying that Obama has squandered the glorious victory achieved by his predecessor and Wonder General David Petraeus.
Fucking bullshit. If Bush and Petraeus achieved anything, they managed only to tamp down the civil war unleashed by the American invasion and occupation. It's rather like a fine piece of china that had been sitting safely in a cabinet and tossed about is now sitting on a precipice. Definitely better than being tossed about but still much worse off than when in the cabinet.
What is especially arrogant of these so called foreign policy thought leaders is their harping on their warnings about a complete American withdrawal from Iraq when, in fact, they ignored the most fundamental warning of all: DON'T INVADE IRAQ! Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, John McCain and Lindsay Graham lost Iraq the minute they decided to initiate their splendid little war.
Of course, the whole idea that Iraq is America's prize to win or lose is a pretty offensive concept to me. That suggests that Iraqis are of no consequence compared to America's interests. I'm not at all surprised that my country deigns itself to be the arbiter of all interests--as the leading capitalist hegemon on the planet, I expect no less--but I consider this viewpoint an unfortunate national character trait.