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Reports from the pentagon say that sectarian violence in Iraq is worse now than at any time since our invasion in 2003. The report goes on to say, "Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq, specifically in and around Baghdad, and concern about civil war within the Iraqi civilian population has increased in recent months". Well what the hell did they think was going to happen? Did anyone in the government actually think that this was going to be a quick and easy strike? Did anyone actually believe it when bush announced "Mission Accomplished"? Considering that every other piece of intelligence regarding Iraq was wrong, it's really no suprise that America is now mired in an endless conflict in Iraq. The people who planned this war worried far more about what the reaction at home would be than for the actual logistics of invading a large country like Iraq. There are millions of people in that country and we destroyed their government. Yes, it was a horrible government, but it was the only thing holding them together. Now the entire country is fallen to violence and chaos and America is to blame. Our efforts have been overreaching and badly planned. Our motivations were far from honorable in invading in the first place. Bush likes to talk about how he brought freedom to Iraq, but all he's brought to them is war and death.


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The reality of the situation is that the entire "invasion" plan was ill-conceived. So much so that there has been some press indicating that some top White House staffers have prevented an exit plan from being created. The fact of the matter is, the job wasn't done correctly when we first went into Iraq and Afghanistan. Moreover, it's absurd to think that democracy will serve to unite and hold the diverse Islamic population of Iraq together without breaking down into some form of provincial federation. For instance, the Kurds have wanted to secede from the nation and create their own state, and the Sunnis and Shiites have never gotten along. Geographic isolation may be the only rational solution that would provide any kind of marked improvement on the current state of affairs.


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