This weekend, the usual Republican suspects have been all over TV blasting President Obama for announcing that all US troops will leave Iraq by the end of this year. They claim it’s a horrible decision, a subject they know very well since they’re the same ones who thought it was a brilliant idea to go into Iraq in the first place.
Eight years later, what have we gotten for our efforts? More than 4,400 dead US soldiers, untold numbers of dead Iraqis, no hidden cache of weapons of mass destruction, yet another middle-east nation that can’t pull itself together and form a real democracy, and a generation of soldiers who came home wounded, unemployed, and suffering from traumatic brain injuries and mental problems. Not to mention the expense — over $800 billion!
Why do these politicians deserve even a second of airtime when it comes to foreign policy? When have they ever been right?