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Sheriff D’Agostini can win the war in Iraq

By From page A5 | June 25, 2014

EDITOR:

C-SPAN recently featured John McCain in the well of the Senate floor urging President Obama to ‘”do something” about Iraq, such as using U.S. troops, weapons and air strikes. He then suggested that President Obama send General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker to Iraq to straighten out President Nouri al-Maliki. As if these two men could resolve in a few weeks what they had not been able to do during their years in Iraq, even with thousands of troops and billions of dollars at their disposal.

Mind you, McCain hinted obliquely that our options in Iraq were very limited, and proceeded to shoot down every suggestion he had made as being unworkable for U.S. political, or Iraqi ethnic and religious reasons.

McCain was soon joined by his sidekick, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; they started an Alphonse and Gaston routine with Graham playing straight man to McCain’s rambling, disjointed answers. Needless to say, both men agreed that the new Iraqi debacle was entirely Obama’s fault. The silliness of the McCain-Graham show was entertaining — a first for C-SPAN.

Then they told the whopper about Obama’s decision to pull our troops out of Iraq, as if the president had had the option of staying. No such option ever existed, and McCain and Graham know it. These two clowns were not there to enlighten the debate, but to spew anti-Obama propaganda. Why are Republicans dedicated to turning every respected institution of government into a FOX News sideshow?

McCain and Graham know it was George W. Bush who signed an agreement to pull all U.S. forces out of Iraq by December 2011. The fact that Maliki refused to sign a comprehensive”status of forces” agreement designed to protect our troops from Iraqi courts jurisdiction made our 2011 departure inevitable.

Emboldened by McCain beating the drums of war, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld, William Kristol and other architects of the Iraqi fiasco are crawling out of the political sewers (AKA Fox News punditry). These men have the chutzpah to lecture the Obama administration about what needs to be done “to win” in Iraq. These chicken hawks, none of whom ever served a day in the military, are always quick to offer the same deadly solutions: more guns, more soldiers to be killed and another trillion dollars or two to sink into the Iraq swamp.

If Iraq needs more guns and men, then I suggest Sheriff D’Agostini volunteer to go. He could then try out his new toys: the $25,000, .50 cal. sniper rifles that can shoot two miles. I make this suggestion for I see no earthly reason for the Sheriff of Dogpatch to be turned loose on the local citizenry with such lethal military weaponry. We already know that the sheriff is angling for a new multi-million dollar headquarters — his own mini-Pentagon. What’s next on the sheriff’s shopping list? M-60 tanks? 105mm howitzers? Flame throwers? At what point will the BOS tell the sheriff: “Enough”?

JOHN GARON
Placerville

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