BLITZER'S BLOG: Why I’m worried about Iraq
December 12th, 2011
03:49 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Why I’m worried about Iraq

(CNN) - President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were upbeat in discussing the future of Iraq. I hope they are right but like so many U.S. officials and outside experts in both Washington and the region I am deeply worried about the future direction of that embattled country.

Item: The Iraqi government rejected U.S. requests to leave even a modest number of U.S. troops on the ground. That’s because Iran’s allies in the Iraqi government would have none of that.


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  1. Sniffit

    "Instead of spreading the wealth around, spread this info around."

    Laughable. The wealth is already being redistributed. It's going up, and it don't come down. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ECONOMIC GRAVITY. You want it solved without having to tax the rich? Convince the rich to start allowing the wealth to trickle down as was supposedly the goal of the GOP "free market" economic policies that have been in place for the past several decades. Convince them to raise salaries across the country instead of keeping middle-class salaries stagnant for 3 decades while their own salaries grew a hundredfolld. FACT: demand is the engine that drives capitalist economies, not supply and not shifting purely to a system of financial industry gambling games among the insanely wealthy whle excluding the middle-class and poor. Since all the wealth is trickling up, leaving the consumers who create demand (i.e., the middle-class and poor) unable to generate said demand, guess what? WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO REDISTRIBUTE THE WEALTH DOWNWARDS TO FIX IT. That can be done the hard way (taxes) or the easy way (higher salaries, more sharing of the wealth based on sweat equity, etc.). The 1% has made its choice and doesn't want to lie in the bed it made for itself. Waaah.

    December 12, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "It is the very notion that with hard work and perseverance, anybody can get ahead economically here in the USA . Do you think that can ever happen with tax rates between 60% and 80%? Think again. "

    HINT: IT'S NOT HAPPENING NOW. The US has one of the worst economic mobilities of the industrialized world, behind places like FRANCE and Sweden and other EU nations. This is a measurable, mathematical economic FACT.

    "You will never be able to buy a home."

    PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY THEM NOW. This is a long-standing problem and the Fannie/Freddie thing was in part meant to address it. Middle-class salaries have not kept up because it was more improtant to employers and the rich that they be able to buy 5 houses with 30 bathrooms than for their employees to be able to afford 1 with 1 bathroom.

    "You will never send your children to college."

    MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO DO SO NOW. Between college tuition increases and that same middle-class salary stagnation I keep mentioning, it's becoming harder and harder for people to afford educating their children...and when they do, families and the children themselves are usually sacked with what amounts to a mortgage on their life to help prevent them from starting off on the same playing field with the kids of rich families. ooooh, got your goat on that one, eh? It's true. The economic stratification of the labor force starts as early as high school, sometimes even earlier, by saddling people with massive debt if they want their middle-class kids to get the same education at a prestigious school as some brat like Mittens who was born with silver turds in his mouth.

    December 12, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Ben Dover

    You should off been worried about Iraq when GWB lied about "They are to blame for 9-1-1, and WOMD".

    December 12, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    " Too bad... you need to pay more attention to your investments and learn how to pull the sell trigger. "

    Too bad you have never heard of a 401k. Those investments are designed to make people to put all of their eggs into one basket.

    December 12, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs are a delusional neocon deathcult

    "Stop pandering to the president by pretending we could not have stayed if we wanted to."

    Stop lying you Fakes News screechmonkey. The ONLY way the US could have stayed would have been to agree that US soldiers were subject to the jurisdiction of Iraqi courts. And you know that if President Obama had ever agreed to that the entire GOBP deathcult would have been screaming that he wasn't "protecting our troops."

    December 12, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    You radical rightwing extremists always out yourselves as idiots when you use words like "socialism" in ways that show you have no clue what the word means.

    December 12, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Ed 1 wrote:
    Instead of spreading the wealth around, spread this info around.
    You do know that you presented an argument against the types of tax policies being promoted some conservatives. Only conservatives are out promoting VATs.

    Most of the middle class in this country is already paying 40% or more in taxes after you figure in sales taxes and property taxes.

    December 12, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Only conservatives are out promoting VATs. "

    Indeed...because they are insanely regressive and would be borne mostly by the middle-class and poor.

    December 12, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    ►BLITZER'S BLOG: Why I’m worried about Iraq◄
    It doesn't matter and we need to just FORGET THAT!!
    The NEXT reason to go to war would have to be
    A direct attack on our freedom, YOU and ME

    We need to "get the hell out" we're DONE and not wanted
    Spend NO MORE money there – they got oil – let them squander it
    What's the problem with those who want to drag this ware out?
    The war has ENDED – Our SAFE borders is what it’s all about!!!

    Obama 2012!!!

    December 12, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. vet in texas

    I correlate conservatives to anyone who hates the cowboys, whenever you ask why, they always have some stupid reason, "Romo wears his hat backwards", "Romo really isn't a leader", "Obama leads from behind", then I think of this one fact that really shows me what type of thinker they are..............THEY VOTED FOR W TWICE!

    Anyone who did that on these posts, has lost any and all credibility regarding picking a candidate, because most who did vote for W twice, also thought Palin would have been a good VP, and that Cain would have been a wonderful President with his bold 9–9-9 plan. I guess they really feel good about donating to SarahPac (for her to run) or added to Cain's $9 million dollar war chest AFTER the first accuser came out...........

    Use facts America, real facts, and not "gut feelings", those same feelings are why were were $10.6 trillion in debt, in 2 wars, and had 7.8% unemployment and rising PRIOR to Obama's innauguration.

    If Obama is ruining this country, then what did Bush/Cheney do with complete control? Ordered everything on the menu and walked the tab.

    Once you can admit this, instead of "Bush kept us safe, then Bush was weak, now Bush was part of the problem because he wasn't a real conservative", but you voted for him twice, which is the reason that this current list of candidates are epic failures, and can only get in the whitehouse if they played for the Packers.

    December 12, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. holeinheart

    How could those responsible for the 2003 invasion/destruction of Iraq not have realized that in the end only the interests of the clerical regime of Iran would be served? ( For one thing, US intelligence agencies had ample reasons to believe that their "hero in error" Ahmed Chalabi, was working in and for Tehran.) I have been asking myself this question since the summer of 2002. The sectarian civil war has been worse than I even feared it would be, but it was quite predictable to anyone who has the least concern about Arab bloodshed and Arab politics. The largest part of the refugees from the civil war fled to Syria, and now that country's secular order is being isolated, starved and perhaps overthrown which will only serve the interests of the Ikhwan, Salafis and Saudi Arabia. I've always thought that US foreign policy towards the Arabs should aim to strengthen progressive and secular parties, not fundamentalist reactionaries.

    December 12, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Iowa

    Mitt Romney is the man to take on Obama...... Plus who cares if he made a bet I do it everyday jokingly with my family!!!!! I bet you a million dollars.. Mitt Romney will win the Gop nomination........Newt is not president material........

    December 12, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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