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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 07:23 am
Peacenik reader Chris Murphy emails: “Ponder, for a moment, what you would have thought had you read the following article five years ago.” Ponder we will:
US President George W Bush says there will be both “good days and bad days” ahead as the Iraq war enters its fifth year.
Mr Bush has marked the fourth anniversary of the war with a brief speech from the White House.
“It can be tempting to look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude our best option is to pack up and go home,” he said.
“That may be satisfying in the short run, but I believe the consequences for American security would be devastating.”
The President says the new Baghdad security plan is still in its early stages and success will take months, not days or weeks.
The conflict has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 members of the US military, stretching longer and with higher costs than the White House ever predicted.
Asks Chris: “Would you have thought that: a. such a scenario was sheer fantasy; b. Osama bin Laden had infiltrated the White House; c. those nasty leftists were right out of their trees (again); or d. if it ever came true, George Bush would be in jail or shot, but certainly not president? What a strange world we live in! And the Rabid Right reckons we’re deluded!”
Ponder this, Chris:
The war with Saddam’s Iraq lasted weeks.
The war with Islamic lunatics began years prior to the war with Iraq, and continues now, with said lunatics presently attacking Iraq’s elected government – among many other targets worldwide.
It’ll go on a while yet. Choose your side.