On October 21, 2011, The New York Times reported on President Barack Obama's announcement that "the last American soldier would leave Iraq by the end of this year." Not everyone agreed with the decision, but it had its supporters. Like, say, this guy:
O decision on Iraq is right one. I was open 2 staying if he made the case it wld help w Iran, but Iraq war is over. It's time
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 21, 2011
It was time! And at that time, people fully understood the risks of entrusting the future of Iraq to Nouri al-Maliki's government. (Or at least they should have.) The point is, even some of the hawks were ready to ghost out of Mesopotamia. But let's flash-forward to today, for funsies:
Regardless of what anyone thinks of going into Iraq in 2002, it's a tragedy that the successes of the 2007 surge have been lost & abandoned.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 13, 2014
This just goes to show that it will probably never be time to acknowledge that what's playing out in Iraq right now is only the natural consequence of invading and occupying the country in the first place. At this point, you might as well cue up Ted Leo's "The Ballad Of The Sin Eater" and dance like nobody's watching.
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