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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 10:55 AM
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Rubio And Crist Say The Iraq War Made America And The World ‘Safer And Better Off’

Rubio And Crist Say The Iraq War Made America And The World ‘Safer And Better Off’

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It is an oddity of American political life that, more than seven years after the Bush administration launched its illegal and disastrous war in Iraq that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of people unnecessarily, that major political players are still debating whether or not the war made our country and the world “safer and better off.” Nevertheless, it is important to dismantle the claims put forward by Rubio and Crist.

Rubio displays a hefty ignorance history by claiming that an Iraq under Saddam Hussein would’ve engaged in an arms war like that between India and Pakistan. Ever since the Gulf War, Iraq was under draconian sanctions that reduced its military to levels where it was completely unable to threaten any of its neighbors — and, unfortunately, exacted an enormous human cost on its civilian population. There could have been no arms race because Iraq did not have access to the materials to make them.

Rubio and Crist both claim that the world is a safer place thanks to the war in Iraq. The facts tell very a different story. In 2007, terrorism experts and research fellows at Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank conducted a survey of terrorism incidents worldwide since the Bush administration-led U.S. war in Iraq. Their study found that terrorism incidents worldwide increased by seven times, or six hundred percent, since the Bush administration invaded Iraq.

More recently, researchers Robert Pape of the University of Chicago and James Feldman of Air Force Institute of Technology found that, “from 1980-2003, there were 350 suicide attacks in the world, only 15% of which were anti-American.” Yet after the Bush-led war in Iraq, “there have been 1,833 suicide attacks, 92% of which were anti-American.”

Whether is Iraq is “better off” is more of a subjective question, but the level of suffering borne by the Iraqi people suggests they are not. In 2004, a year after the toppling of Saddam Hussein and well-before the spike in levels of violence that started with the sectarian warfare in 2005, Iraqis were 58 times more likely to die a violent death than they were before the invasion. Sectarian tensions and a fragile political system led to Iraq breaking the world’s record for the longest time without a government. Damage to the country’s infrastructure limits Iraqis to an average of five hours of electricity a day, and a recent document dump by the whistleblower organization Wikileaks has uncovered tens of thousands of previously unreported civilian deaths and the widespread use of torture and other brutal military techniques by the Iraqi government. All of this is without noting that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives, entire generations of children have grown under occupation or in sectarian warfare, and millions fled the country. All for the cost of $4-$6 trillion dollars, according to Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.


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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 10:57 AM
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1. Yeah, 'cause everyone knows that the 1/3 of the world's population we've offended...
will forget our transgressions the second we finally withdraw from the M.E.... say in thirty or forty years.
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theoldman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 11:04 AM
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2. The Chinese think the US made Iraq a safer place to do business.
They are now hoping we will make Afghanistan a safer place to do business. The Chinese definitely feel safer and better off.
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FBaggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 11:06 AM
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3. Sounds like anoher great reason to vote for Meek. N/t
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 11:36 AM
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4. All three on CNN right now..
and he is fighting back on the lies,with the truth talking about Bush now and Iraq..
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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 11:10 PM
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5. Rubio is going to win this race.
With beliefs such as this, the Democratic base will never vote for Crist.
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SwampG8r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 11:29 PM
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6. yeah tell me again how crist is different from rubio?
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Cosmocat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 09:09 AM
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9. For one ...
Rubio actually believes this crape, Crist is pandering ...

Crist ain't great, no doubt about that, but Rubio is a flaming disaster ...
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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-24-10 11:40 PM
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7. Go Crist!
Because a Republican is so much better than a Republican!
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 09:03 AM
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8. Why Would Anyone Vote For Either of Them
delusional party hacks.
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