Going to war in Iraq won’t work any better this time

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Insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. By that definition, the United States’ engaging in military action in Iraq now would be insane.

It didn’t work before, which is why there is basically a civil war going on there now. As we said before, the only way the United States can control who governs Iraq is to make it a permanent U.S. territory or state, which few, if any, would be willing to do.

But several Republican tea party leaders, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, want to go to war in Iraq again.

President Barack Obama has decided to send 300 military advisers to Iraq, which Rubio called “a good first step, but their ability to deter ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) will be limited unless we eventually engage in airstrikes.”

Another Florida politician, Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, strongly disagreed with Rubio’s suggestion, saying, “U.S. military intervention in Iraq sure didn’t work out well last time. Let’s not make that mistake again.”

He also drew a historical comparison to Obama’s sending the 300 advisers to the American embassy in Baghdad: “South Vietnam 1960: 324 U.S. ‘advisers.’ Iraq 2014: 300-plus U.S. ‘advisers.’ See where this is going?”

Apparently Rubio and other warmongers don’t see that. But we have to agree with Grayson.

Our previous involvement in Iraq – and in Vietnam – cost a lot of American lives and billions of American dollars, but we did not really achieve any of our goals in either place.

So to quote Grayson one more time, “Let’s not make that mistake again.”

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