Follow this chain of events.
Bush administration was steadily moving to attack Iraq. GWBush,
Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Powell -- all were beating the drum, citing
"evidence" of Iraq's (mythical) WMD, support for terrorism, and other
to the microphone stepped Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki.
When asked by a Congressional committee what a war in Iraq would require
in terms of time and troops, Shinseki replied "several hundred thousand
troops and at least a decade."
was immediately attacked -- in public -- by Paul Wolfowitz who said
Shinseki was "wildly off the mark." Shinseki then "retired" -- he was
fired -- and replaced by a Bush administration yes-man.
we all know, the war dragged on and on and on. General Dave Petreaus
foisted on us the phony "surge," which was nothing but an infusion of US
troops that forced the opposition to hide out until we declared victory
Enter President Obama who said "Enough of this shit." He ended the US troop commitment to Iraq and pulled out all but a few advisers and special operations troops.
"ISIS" is running rampant, seizing huge parts of Iraq. Now, we
discover the ISIS leadership in Iraq consists largely of former Iraqi
military officers who were thrown out by the US conquerors.
now, the rightwing, including Tea Partiers, are demanding more US
troops go back to Iraq to wrest the country back from ISIS. WHICH IS
EXACTLY WHAT ERIC SHINSEKI SAID WE NEEDED -- SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND
TROOPS AND A DECADE OR MORE.
you, rightwing and Tea Party, for showing us just how fucked up and
wrong GWBush and his band of jackasses really were -- and still are.