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Reader comment on item: Limping away from a Shattered Iraq

Submitted by Charles Martel (United States), Jul 17, 2009 at 11:29

Saddam was a secular dictator whose army should have been allowed to destroy the Saudis and Wahabis in 1990 and might yet have fulfilled that purpose.

We made a huge mistake going in there, but -- having gone -- we should have kept the Iraqi army intact, reformed in with some Turkish-style secularism (and Turkish officer advisors, maybe united by a hatred of the Kurds) and had some semblance of a legitimate and non-Moslem Iraqi state at litte cost to ourselves.

Orange Yonason above said "damned if we did and damned if we didn't".

If I'm damned anyway, I'll keep the trillion bucks, the 3000 lives and the national unity -- thank you very much.

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