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Perhaps a percentage of the American public is too idealistic too soon in regards to foreign military occupation.
 

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I was wrong. It's all gone swimmingly to plan, with innumerable benefits accrued to all involved.

Imperialism now. Imperialism tomorrow. Imperialism forever.
 

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To John McCain:

Tell that to Vicki Dimura, mother of SGT David Fisher who died on 1 December 2004. David was her first born child.
Tell that to The Daughter of CPT Phillip Esposito or the 4 sons of 1LT Louis Allen
Tell it to the thousands of Americans who suffered and endured because of the NEO-CON experiment in the Middle East.
Tell it to the hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis who have been affected by this.

Ask for forgiveness in your part of the lie of WMD.
Ask for forgiveness in your lack of planning in the Post War phase.
Ask for forgiveness for all the taxpayer funds that were spent on this war instead of building our roads, improving our schools and investing in alternate forms energy

Your words are as worthless and an Iraqi Dinar in 2014.
 

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saw that coming

saw that coming
 

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Let's see how many muslim countries needed pulling into line by the US military. Usually by being bombed, but occasionally with troops sent in.
To get a full scope of American violence in the world, it is worth asking a broader question: how many countries in the Islamic world has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980? That answer was provided in a recent Washington Post op-ed by the military historian and former U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich:
As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extent into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed, and in which American soldiers have killed or been killed. And that’s just since 1980.
Let’s tick them off: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria. Whew.
Bacevich’s count excludes the bombing and occupation of still other predominantly Muslim countries by key U.S. allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, carried out with crucial American support. It excludes coups against democratically elected governments, torture, and imprisonment of people with no charges. It also, of course, excludes all the other bombing and invading and occupying that the U.S. has carried out during this time period in other parts of the world, including in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as various proxy wars in Africa.
Only 14, it seems like more than that.
Who else do you think will get a dose of US exceptionalism, in the future?
It's obviously a thankless task, sending carrier fleets around the world, bullying countries that don't or won't do what this or that US president tells them to do.
Usually something to do with keeping the country aware, that they can be invaded any time American-Israeli neocons believe they should be, and their natural resources had better be sold to Anglo American corporations at a good (low) price.
Iraq and Afghanistan stand out as needing extra strong treatment.
Libya has been on the receiving end a few times, and completely fucked over since 2011.
 
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