Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mission Accomplished

So combat operations are over in Iraq, Obama said in his "Mission Accomplished" speech? Err, not so fast. Apparently combat missions are happening, just labeled "training missions". Huh, who could have predicted?

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin


  1. Who coulda predicted? Anybody who was alive during the early 1960s and watched the same chit happening Vietnam, maybe? Ah, but that was the war that those dirty stinking hippies made us lose because they wouldn't let us kill people fast enough.

    Repukes are happy to lose in Iraq, so they'll have sore spots to nurse for another 20 years. Losing motivates them. The losers.

    (The secret to winning is not to get into something you're almost certain to lose.)

  2. Wow. Bukko didn't get his happy meal today. Oh well. First time blog reader. Did a search for "snarky" and up ya popped, lol. Thanks for the braincell use. :)

  3. What do you think of the proposition that the purpose of the Iraq war was to keep their oil in the ground, so prices could be oonched higher?

    Destroying their infrastructure certainly helped with that. Extreme> Sure. But - with this crew you cannot be cynical enough.


  4. I'm with the Jazz man. Keep in the ground for now, then pump it out when it's needed.

    There are still ~50,000 troops in Iraq. To say they've all left is complete & utter bullshit, yet the media lets 'em get away with it.

    I guess the real test will be how many body bags keep coming home.

  5. The fact of the matter was that Saddam's oil wasn't going to come out of the ground very fast regardless, because his infrastructure was a shambles. So while I agree that the Busheviks wouldn't have invaded Iraq if Iraq had been oil-less, I think it's a little more complex than that. More like, if the U.S. can't have that oil, and the French are moving in, screw'em both...

    -- Badtux the Oily Penguin

  6. @Not Typical, Bukko is a dyspeptic beaver on the best of days, and for the past two days, I've been on 12-hour overnight shifts, which makes me snarly as well as snarky. Tux, you should be glad your blog comes up high on teh Goggle's snark-search.

    Jazz, I reckon there were many reasons behind the Iraq attaq. One big one, often overlooked, is it puts a big wad of U.S. killing power smack in the middle of the oil patch. Especially the Saudi Arabia side.

    If the murderous fundamentalist throwback kings there are threatened, the U.S. steps in to protect their regime. If they step out of line and try an embargo, the U.S. is right there to step in and kill them. Kinda like having an entrance hall full of rattlesnakes as your burglary protection device, eh?


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