If my car isn't broken and I take it to a mechanic so that he can 'fix' it and he breaks it instead, isn't it his responsiblity to, at the very least, get it in running condition so I can drive home?
I bought a builder's home many years ago. He had a plumber friend of his do the plumbing. The ceiling over my kitchen started showing signs of a water leak, and I called the plumber, who "fixed" the problem. The leak came back. He "fixed" it again. I eventually had a general contractor friend of mine check into it. He eventually fixed the problem for real.
Moral: you don't have the same incompetent asshat plumber keep fucking up your plumbing. All it does is mess up your kitchen and cost you money.
[I]f we stay, it's more than likely that we'll enjoy the same result. Check out the CSIS report I mentioned, and note the polling data BushCo likes to ignore that indicates most Iraqis (at least the Shia) want an Iranian-style theocracy. Fact is, we leave and bad shit happens, or we stay and bad (or even worse) shit happens. Imagine our troops being caught in a civil war.
Since everybody loves bad analogies, lemme give you one. Say you're in the Bennington Pottery store in Burlington, and you accidentally knock over a big pot and it breaks. The store has a "you break it, you bought it" policy, so you give 'em your plastic and they charge you for the broken pot. They don't make you work in the shop for the next decade.
We broke Iraq, so we have to put in some skin. But let's limit it to financial aid and get our people the hell out of Dodge before more die, and more kill innocent Iraqis.
Light-hearted analogy aside, we need to think of the larger ramifications of staying in a country where we are not wanted. We are creating more opportunity for al Qaeda to recruit new terrorists, we are continuing to turn Arab and Muslim opinion against the US, and we are still alienating our allies. Our presence in Iraq is doing absolutely nothing to achieve our strategic aims (i.e., domestic security), and only harming our short- and long-term interests.
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