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How the US dream foundered in Iraq

By Michael Schwartz, on May 24, 2008.


On February 15, 2003, ordinary citizens around the world poured into the streets to protest President George W Bush's onrushing invasion of Iraq. Demonstrations took place in large cities and small towns globally, including a small but spirited protest at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Up to 30 million people, who sensed impending catastrophe, participated in what Rebecca Solnit, that apostle of popular hope, has called "the biggest and most widespread collective protest the world has ever seen".

The first glancing assessment of history branded this remarkable planetary protest a record-breaking failure, since the Bush administration, less than one month later, ordered US troops across the Kuwaiti border and on to Baghdad.

And it has since largely been forgotten, or perhaps better put, obliterated from official and media memory. Yet

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  • American logic: a Saudi that lives in Afghanistan bombs two towers in NY and the americans bomb Iraq. Maybe Saddam was a bastard but not better than the Saudi kink, or Qatar or Kuwait or...

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    • Right on target, man!

      But, wtf, U.S. e-Rambos don`t give a damn.

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    • For several decades people in the Middle East lived without any compassion for the victims of Islamic terrorism. Islamic terrorism never strikes people who are guilty, it only strikes people who are conveniently available to attack. It was ironic that Americans used the Islamist philosophy of striking the country that was conveniently open to an invasion without paying much attention as to Iraq's actual guilt or innocence. In a way Bush became like his Muslim foes and even borrowed their tactics More..

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    • Gotta start somewhere.

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    • But how you can explain the love between Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

      At the same time I can loads of people on LL that claim that they are fighting against (extreme)Islam!

      This is obviously non-valid claim.

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    • ...and finish in the same place.

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  • the neoconservatives produced PNAC and decided we should economically and militarily impose our western values upon the middle east

    their dream is stillborn, dead in the womb

    the 2 occupations had nothing to do with 9/11 and the trauma experienced by both nations occupied has decreased our national security

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    • And pushed the price of oil up from $14 a barrel to $135 - the Russians and Iranians are laughing all the way to the bank!!!

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    • "Before the war, and toward the beginning of it, top administration officials offered estimates that later proved to be far off.

      Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, speaking to the House Appropriations Committee on March 27, 2003, estimated the figure in the tens of billions of dollars if Iraq's oil fields were not destroyed.

      "We're dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon," he said.

      Once major combat ended, however, More..

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  • : "American logic: a Saudi that lives in Afghanistan
    bombs two towers in NY and the americans bomb
    Iraq. Maybe Saddam was a bastard but not better
    than the Saudi kink, or Qatar or Kuwait or...
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    how do you know saudis took part in 911? where did you get this information? the news media perhaps? i submit no arab took part in 911. they were men who looked like arabs and acted the part and then disappeared. who were they? i leave that t More..

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  • we see now how many people are starting to rethink their positions on this war and are beginning to realize that we have been had and we have been lied to and that this war will never end and we cannot win because we are in the wrong here. my question is this. who benefits from this war? the american people ? hardly. the iraqi people? i should say not. the middle east? no way. saddam was no angel but he was better to have around than us being there. besides, saddam was the problem of the iraqi More..

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  • what a load of crap

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  • The American plan for Iraq has succeeded except it resulted in 4,000 American soldiers killed and another 20,000 or 30,000 thousand wounded. If the American casualties is the only way you evaluate the U.S. action in Iraq then USA lost WWII as well because WWII was very costly in lives, including hundreds of thousands of civilians caused by American aerial bombings in Germany. 4,000 Americans died during the WWII Omaha beach landing alone, June 6, 1944.

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  • Having said that I don't believe building democracy in Iraq was worth it.

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  • There can be no true Democracy when church and state are one.

    Maybe someone should have researched Arab politics before invading and pushing Western Democracy on an Arab state?

    I guess that would have required reading a history book for an hour.

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  • "LiveLeak.com - How the US dream foundered in Iraq"

    Bull Shit, lies and agit-prop!!

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  • man if i didn't live through this, and remember history... you may have sold me on this anti USA bullshit.

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