An Israeli facebook friend of mine links to this JPost report -"Scores killed as Iraq marks end to bloody Ramadan"- and asks if someone would explain "what was accomplished, besides killing Saddam Hussein, during all those years of sacrifice in Iraq?"
Tell me if I'm wrong, but isn't there reason to believe that Ramadan wouldn't have ended in such bloody fashion in Iraq if only American forces had stayed put? It seems to me the more relevant question would be, What was the plan and why did Obama botch it?
Isn't is as simple as this map? The U.S. would have had the mullahs surrounded, which would have helped -maybe even saved- the entire world, including especially Israel. If that was indeed the plan, then certainly we can understand and appreciate the value of American sacrifice to such an end (not to mention the accomplished liberation of millions of women in Afghanistan).
When the U.S. has nearly 173,000 troops deployed in more than 150 countries around the world (in Germany alone, we maintain dozens of bases) don't we have to wonder why Obama was so anxious to abandon Iraq? What side is he on, that he was compelled to snatch defeat(s) from the jaws of victory in these two particular countries?
Or am I seeing this all wrong?