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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Iraq Withdrawal, Victory or A Disaster Just Over the Horizon!

Cartoon by A.F. "Tony" Branco H/T to ARRA NEWS SERVICE
OBAMA DID FULFILL HIS CAMPAIGN PLEDGE AND ALL TROOPS WILL BE OUT OF IRAQ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR AND THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WILL SEE THEIR LOVED ONES COMING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND THAT IS GREAT.  THE QUESTION, HOWEVER IS AT WHAT PRICE?  WILL IRAN RUSH IN AND FILL THE VACUUM LEFT IN IRAQ BY OUT TOTAL WITHDRAWAL? THAT WOULD BE A DISASTER ON A GRAND SCALE.  IMAGINE THE OIL FIELDS OF IRAQ COMING UNDER CONTROL OF THE MAD MEN IN IRAN. IMAGINE THE SPREAD OF RADICAL IRANIAN ISLAMISM THROUGHOUT THAT REGION AND PERHAPS EVEN INTO SAUDI ARABIA AND THOSE GREAT OIL FIELDS COMING UNDER IRANIAN DOMINATION. WAR ON A MASSIVE SCALE WOULD ERUPT AND THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST WOULD GO UP IN FLAMES FANNED BY OUR WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ---WOULD THAT BE A VICTORY? SADLY WE MUST HAVE THE OIL FROM THAT PART OF THE WORLD ESPECIALLY BECAUSE VAST AREAS IN NORTH AMERICA HAVE BEEN PUT OFF-LIMITS FOR DRILLING.  WE CANNOT AFFORD $10 A GALLON GASOLINE---OUR ALREADY FRAGILE ECONOMY WOULD COLLAPSE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF SOARING ENERGY PRICES  AND A LARGER WAR WOULD BE FORCED ON US AGAIN LIKE IT OR NOT. 
TODAY MANY MAY CHEER THE WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ, BUT I SUSPECT THOSE CHEERING CROWDS WILL BE SILENCED BY FUTURE EVENTS RESULTING FROM AN INAPT FOREIGN POLICY OF AN AMERICAN REGIME THAT IS INCAPABLE OF PLAYING ON THE WORLD STAGE.
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