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Dick Cheney Expresses Anxieties about Possible Waste of Sacrifices

In America shaves it's "Bush", Bush/Cheney Administration, Foreign Affairs, Iraq War, neoconservatives on June 29, 2009 by Editor Z

Today is the date for the bulk of U.S forces to cede control of security operations to Iraqi forces. But Think Progress.org reports former Vice President Dick Cheney says he is worried that the U.S might end up “wasting” the ample time, energy, money, and lives that we have injected into Iraq.

“But what he says concerns me: That there is still a continuing problem. One might speculate that insurgents are waiting as soon as they get an opportunity to launch more attacks.

“I hope Iraqis can deal with it. At some point they have to stand on their own. But I would not want to see the U.S. waste all the tremendous sacrifice that has gotten us to this point.“

Just because at some point the security situation there might crumble, is not a logical or desirable reason to remain occupying that nation and managing its affairs in perpetuity. Ultimately Iraq is the country not of the United States or the neoconservatives who view this as a hybrid of both a revolutionary movement and an academic exercise, but of the Iraqis who are natives of that very young country.

But U.S Generals and commanders on the ground are expressing greater optimism as the deadline approaches.

Concerning the point about the possibility that we will “waste all the tremendous sacrifice that us gotten us to this point”, it is a bit late for that anxiety to arise. Six years and 4,316 U.S Casualties later, with thousands of others wounded and mangled by warfare, countless Iraqi casualties, U.S global credibility shaken, and a reservoir of wealth and energy spent, the Vice President nor anyone else can articulate a tangible gain for the U.S that comports with the facts that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction, no Iraq connections to 9/11, and no tangible Iraq-Al-Queda links; as the security situation still remains volatile and the U.S backed government remains one of the most corrupt governments on the planet.

Much has already been wasted and much has been lost. But it wasn’t done by the people of the U.S nor our gallant fighting forces, but by the Vice President and his small circle in and allied with the Bush/Cheney administration.

Besides, though U.S and allied forces are set to pull back from the city a large amount of troops will remain in the country as “advisers” if the Iraqis are in need of aid. And there are some reports that some U.S forces may remain stationed in the cities even after the deadline.

Update: (4:27PM/ET)- The fact that the Iraqis are having celebrations regarding tomorrows’ anticipated change of mission of the U.S to a more advisory role suggests that unlike with Dick Cheney, the Iraqi people and the American people alike are relieved to cede control of Iraqi people to the country men and women who live on them and own them. Lets just hope that with this new “advisory” role we don’t get sucked back into to fighting the Iraqi people’s battles for them. Its time to have Iraq for the Iraqis.

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