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BLITZER’S BLOG: Iraq keeps trying to please Iran
November 14th, 2011
04:56 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Iraq keeps trying to please Iran

By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - The Arab League took a major decision in recent days to suspend Syria from membership because of the regime's brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. More than 3,000 people have been killed, according the United Nations and other human rights groups.

Eighteen countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, voted in favor of the measure. Two countries voted against: Lebanon and Yemen. One country – Iraq – abstained.

I was not surprised that Nuri al-Maliki's government in Baghdad abstained. But I was again deeply disappointed.

Despite the enormous sacrifice of U.S. blood and treasure in liberating Iraq from Saddam Hussein, the Shiite-led government in Baghdad didn't have the guts to stand with the overwhelming majority in the Arab world and side against the Damascus regime of Bashar al-Assad.

The Iraqi government is still apparently more concerned about overly upsetting its friends in Iran, which has strongly sided with the Syrian government.

So what does that say about al-Maliki and his team?

It says that they care more about their image in Iran than they do in the United States. And I suspect that will only increase at the end of this year, when all U.S. troops are out of the country.

The Iraqi government refused repeated U.S. requests to continue immunity for any U.S. troops who would have remained in the country. The Obama administration had wanted a few thousand trainers to remain in Iraq next year and beyond.

But the Iranians strongly opposed any continued U.S. military presence, so no U.S. troops will be there.

I am sure much of this U.S. disappointment will be papered over when al-Maliki visits Washington next month. But it shouldn't.

I hope I'm wrong, but I am deeply worried about which direction the Iraqi government is moving. Will that enormous U.S. sacrifice prove to have been for nothing?

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  1. Griff

    "The incompleat is! You need to stop suporting muslims and reach other smal countries who are also being caught in the crunch!"

    November 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  2. Samuel Bogale

    Tensions in the Middle East have again risen ... not sure if there is anything other countries could do to assist. The USA really needs to focus on their many domestic issues at the moment!

    November 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  3. Chad Tansey

    Questions: regarding Grover Nordquist

    Since he said we should operate Gov. at 8% does that mean that the Republicans that signed his pledge are signed onto that belief?

    Statement/ The moderator said our gov operated at 8% before Social Security and Medicare.

    Grover Statement: We operated a very well for a long time at 8%

    Question: Does this mean that the underpinning of his organization and the Republicans that have signed onto it is to abolish Social Security and Medicare and everything until the Goverment returns to 8%

    Is he holding Congressmen Hostage to his Organization?

    He said that he would put big money into individual Reps Districts to defeat them. Is this why there is no compermise does his organization hold that much power over congress

    November 21, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  4. Griff

    "Conflict leads to more conflict, and then all kinds of religions you've never heard of; come on the scene! Do you really know what is happening in Central Africa?? Do you have one five-minute spoken knowledge of whats happening in Nigeria??. You're protecting Muslims in the Indian Ocean, and know shit what is really happening! I know so much more than you, because I don't have to just protect the USA; or North America! No!!!!!!! I have the whole planet!"

    November 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  5. Griff

    "Do you ever read my comments?? I said two or more weeks ago, that the Emerates could deal with Iran, as they have the most to lose and are so much closer! Three dahys ago I read in the news, that Dubai are now buying quite a few more fighter-aircraft! Either I am pshycic, or someone else does read my comments??"

    November 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  6. Rich

    Wolf no one asked America to rescue Iraq from Saddam Hussein. That is where you miss the point. America decided to make a democracy out of Iraq not the other way around. Now that that democracy is not going according to the wishes and desires of America, the invaders, you act surprised.

    Iraq has developed a relationship with Iran for many years. They are neighbors and have common interest. Those interests may not be the same as Americas but Iraq owes America nothing. Some Americans like yourself might see it another way but think about this. What if the shoe been on the other foot and Iraq had attacked America to deliver us from president Bush. Would we sit by and welcome them killing our people for some excuse like WMD's. Well at least we have some of those and they did not. When America attacks, invades and the occupies another country for 10 years and then things don't quite work out the way they had planned then that is just too bad. We would not have tolerated Iraq invading and occupying us for 10 years.

    In conclusion Wolf, Iraq is it's own country and it is free to do as it chooses and to have who it want's as allies and friends. It is free to sell it's oil to whom ever it wants and to live how ever they choose to live. I assure you that Nuri al-Maliki is not losing any sleep over what you or anyone else thinks of him.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  7. Pete

    Why was so much American blood spilled in Iraq? There never were any weapons of mass destruction and no terrorists or al Qaeda before the U.S. invasion. They are at this point mostly an inherently thankless people whose only real loyalty is to themselves. They have learned their brand of democracy from the U.S. in that none of the political factions are willing to compromise for the good of the people. As with democracy, it will take generations of newly educated citizens to change and embrace a new outlook. Perhaps George had another reason in mind, one that hopefully will come to fruition soon.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  8. ditch digger

    Unfortunately we went into a situation uninvited,uninformed,unwanted and unwise to the long term ramifications. Now what? Walk away. That's it. Going forward only slow intelligent diplomacy along with an internal will of the people of both countries for democratic control will ever change anything there.

    November 15, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  9. citizen

    Mr. Blitzer
    It is hard to see how anyone can view the American invasion and destruction of Iraq as a "liberation". The average Iraqi suffered for decades due to devastating sanctions, two wars and hundreds of thousands dead directly or indirectly due to our "liberation". Perhaps, you should ask those Iraqis if they consider us as "liberators". A good indication was when a few months back they ordered a US Congressional delegation to immediately leave their country after that delegation asked them for monetary payments for our "blood and sacrifices". They clearly considered the request as an insult to their senses. My strong impression is that most of Iraq can't wait to get rid of our devastating occupation.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with them trying to get along with their powerful neighbors. What's wrong is for the US to incite more violence and yet an other war in the region.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • Reem

      Yes, we do.

      – An Iraqi

      December 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  10. David crandall

    It was wrong to allow an Islamic government to take over iraq and Libya. We should have insisted on a secular government. Religion should be completely separate from government. I have no religion and I consider religion to be poison.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  11. Andrew

    If you read Nostradamus, he states that the third Apocalypse will begin with the great bear from the north. He also notes that the Americans will not be involved, and that some country (of great surprise) will lob a nuc toward Israel and overshoot into the Mediterranean. Wouldn't it be interesting if the surprise came from Iraq? And we happen to be pulling out in Dec? Just a thought... maybe crazy, but just a thought...

    November 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  12. James Gafney

    It does not surprise me that Al-Maliki is taking this route with Iran. Why wouldn't he? He spent 20 years in Iran after moving around several Arab states after Saddam wanted him dead. Ironically, Al-Maliki signed Saddam's death warrant that had him hanged.

    Al-Maliki is dirty. In the Arab culture there are many layers and faces and only a few know the truth. Wait 10 years and see where we are with Iraq and Iraq. Something is brewing...

    November 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  13. Kelly E. Nelson

    I think it goes beyond what's on the surface because the Iraqis have to be smart enough to understand that Iran's regime will be sleeping with the dinosaurs within 10-15 years. The overall climate in the Middle East is against Iran. Iraq just might be standing by to be the major influence in Iran once the regime is overthrown. Placation yes, the only question is the reasoning in a region where people don't necessarily say what they think. I'm trying desperately to be positive.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  14. Jerry Jumper

    At the next debate, please ask the hawks how they would pay for another war, against Syria? On credit, like the last 2 Republican wars? Other Republicans say we don't have any more credit, and I agree. So they start another multi-billion war, and don't raise taxes to pay for it? Is there nothing to say for rationality?

    November 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  15. Griff

    "Where is Lebanon? Northern-Israel? Can Israel do a deal with Lebanon?? Then why would Syria not oppose them?
    This is all about Arab control in the middle east. can you blaim them?? No!?? But until the Arabs bend a little, they will never really get more growth than a sprout does on this green planet!"

    November 14, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  16. Goodguy1

    A Shia Majority in Iraq already...working with Iran probably. Good job Bush Father and Son.

    November 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  17. Griff

    "Don't ask, don 't tell" Say's Obama! So where do you draw the line with Muslims? They need to show more of where they stand, and stop standing for someone who can't get up off their knees with even half the truth! But it's Obama who will eventually have to tell the truth, and then maybe Iraq will also have a different story!"

    November 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  18. Cindy

    Of course Iraq will please Iran. This was predicted in 2003 when we marched on Iraq. Iraq was Iran's biggest enemy. We took them out. Now Iran is free to do as it pleases. This was a case of the United States cutting off it's nose to spite it's face. We should have armed Saddam Hussan to blow up Iran. He would have! We are going to reap what we have sowed!

    November 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  19. Aacon

    It`s a shame so many people would sit by and let Iraq kill as many people as it wanted for any reason like it`s leader the U.S.A. and allies took out.The war was just.The only mistake was the leader put in place to have the result we have now.Again the war was just.

    November 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  20. Tino

    Between Iran and Israel .....Let the Devil chose!!!!

    November 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  21. TPalin

    Gee Wolf, Dont tell us you didnt see this one coming. Remember Shock and Awe? Remember how you just laid down like a little puppy dog and lapped up everything Bush fed you about those garbage truck WMD's? Remember that TRILLION dollar war? 5000 dead Americans? 50.000 wounded Americans? Well, all Bush and Company did was hand over the country of Iraq to the Mullahs in Tehran. All that blood and treasure for nothing. You and the right wing/ main stream media should be ashamed of yourselves.

    November 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  22. dave

    Now you see why Israel and the US is stepping up the pressure on IRAN...cause once the US is out of IRAQ, IRANs reach to ISRAEL has just got closer

    November 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Guest

      On Monday, Israeli Cabinet ministers decided not to release about $100 million in taxes owed to the Palestinians, the Associated Press reported.

      November 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • sithlord1

      Exactly. And Obama either doesn't care or is blinded by liberal protestors.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  23. Priori

    There is a saying... "Fatigue makes cowards of us all"... and Iraq is a nation fatigued... confused, and full of fear. It will submit to the bully next door unless it feels self confident and strong enough to defend itself. There is no surprise where this is all leading.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Dennis

      One can also see that Muqtada Al-Sadr has a continuing influence on Iraq as he embraces Iran and their wicked ways.

      November 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • sithlord1

      Its simple. obama doesn't support Israel he supports the Palestinians and they receive a ton of their weapons from Iran. once the U.S. is out of Iran then they will go into Iraq and be geared to wipe Israel out just like their leader has promised many times. We are closer to world war 3 and Armageddon then people realize and Obama is paving the way.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  24. Haeckelist

    What is there to be surprised about? Iran is their biggest neighbor, so they better keep good relations. And I don't think many Iraqi's were happy with the unsolicited military invasion, occupation, and civil war.

    If this is hard to get; try to imagine you having to go to a Chinese army checkpoint everyday to go to work.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  25. Grand Oil Party

    Iraq wasted life without gaining liberty. Way to go Bush, this is your legacy despite what the "bury your head in the sand" teapots say.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  26. Mark

    Iraq had the government they deserved under Saddam Hussein and should still have Saddam Hussein.

    Thanks to W for starting a war under false pretenses just to get back at Saddam for his daddy as a personal vendetta.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  27. Tzckrl

    This is the reality of the Middle East. On the outside, smiles, promises of solidarity, behind the scenes, constant back-stabbing, lies - a part of the world (like Russia, China) where duplicity is the norm. Al-Maliki, like Karzai, a disappointing, short-sighted and unintelligent stooge/figurehead - more interested in his own personal agenda than the welfare of the people. The Iranian leadership's days are numbered - anyone with a brain can see that. Al-Maliki, are you capable of re-thinking your stance?

    November 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  28. iranianopposition

    no doubt what assad is doing to his people is wrong and evil. but come on, the saudies sent troops to bahrain to help al khalifa dictatorship crush the peaceful protests much in the same way assad is doing. what did the arab league do then? nothing. and please stop pretending that the US did iraq a favor by waging a war that killed hundreds of thousands of iraqis in the process, along with the nation's basic infrastructure.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  29. Paganguy

    Why is this a problem? We support democracy and independence only if they do what we say. When the people in Gaza voted in a governement, we did not like it. What a bunch of crapola.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  30. Dennis S.

    That "liberation" of Iraq brought hundreds of thousands of deaths, the destruction of the Iraqi economy, and a reign of terror that last lasted ten years. The vast majority of Iraqis are still much worse off than they were under Saddam.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  31. VistaPoint

    Mr. Blitzer – I am surprised by your naive and unintellectual view. Iraq, like every sensible country should try to have a peaceful relationship with its neighbors. Having a hostile neighbor is disastrous, especially for a coutry that is tryig to recover from the disaster created by the irratioal bombig of the country by US. Iraq's best interest lies in havig a friendly neighbor rather than a enemy. This will allow expedig its resources to build infrastructure rather the spend it on military. Of course, this is a disappointment to the US defence industry, as they would have loved to keep the war going. Secondly, Iraq did not ask us to invade the country. It was US which did it on its own accord. Again it proves the brainless policies of the Bush administration. What do you expect? Do you expect Iraq to be ever grateful for US invading and destroying their country. Place yourself in their shoes before you pass your judgement.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  32. Concerned Citizen

    Mr. Blitzer:

    Here is senario, presume for a moment a foreign nation with which we share nothing puts us through painful sanctions that kill at least 1 million kids, then showers us with "shock and awe", then invades and occupies the USA, and then tells us "celebrate"......you have just been "liberated". Then, by the will of the courageous people of this country, you become the elected President of United States, what would you do. Would you try to please the invader (sorry, the "librator") and his spoiled child? Or would you try to maintain good relations with a country with which you share everything – border, history, religion, culture – in a hostile neighborhood.

    Come on, wake up and smell the coffee and be at least somewhat objective in your so-called "analysis" before you lose all your remaining credibility with this the slowly awakening nation. Or risk becoming the laughing stock of the world.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  33. Greg, Ontario

    Maybe they (Iraq) are looking long term. Maybe they are saying America is to broke to offer any military protection and the rest of the world really doesn't give a rats behind what any of the Hajis do. So if they believe Iran will be making nuclear weapons isn't it just smart to try and stay on their good side? A lot of people will talk and Israel will make threats but nothing will actually happen and Iran and Iraq know this.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  34. Tom Adams

    Why shouldn't Irag want to be close to Iran. Iran is far more important to Irag than the US will ever be. Long after the US empire has become just a distant memory in history, like the British and others, Iran and Irag will still be neighbors.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  35. G

    Leave Iraq alone, you warmonger. They're a sovereign nation. Americans should leave the ME alone and "unfriend" themselves from Israel, a country that has caused so much misery to Americans! Enough already!

    November 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  36. mixtech

    "Will that enormous U.S. sacrifice prove to have been for nothing?"
    That unfortunately, has been obvious for some time.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  37. Daniel

    Whether the USA's sacrifice was worth it is not predicated on whether Iraq becomes a west-friendly nation. Granted, it would definitely be nice. But if Iraq ends up being a semi-functional pseudo-republic that doesn't care for the US, that's still a whole lot better than decades more of Saddam and his sons.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  38. Badley-Bent

    There was never a reason for us to be there in the first place. It was all a fabricated rouse by the former administration. Let the Iraqis do what they want. If they don't know a good thing when its right in front of them then so, let it be.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  39. *SIGH*

    Lesson learned that you should always do your homework before entering into war. Remember when GWB was told about Sunnis and Shias and he was like "I thought they were muslim?" Yeah, the people we liberated were Shias and by default loyal to Iran. The reason we put Saddam in power in the first place was to repress Shias and thus weaken Iran. What a great intellectual failure the Iraq war was.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  40. Bill

    When ever Iraq aligns it self with Iran, a new blood shed cycle will start, thirty percent of Iraq are Sunnis and Sunnis do not like Iran..

    November 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  41. Deryk Houston

    Wolf Blitzer plays the dinosaur again. Thank goodness the world will be taken over by the younger generation. Iraq never asked for America to invade and kill tens of thousands of its citizens....not to mention a good chunk of it's infrastructure.
    It lost a lot more blood than the anyone and it should be allowed to decide who it;s friends are going to be. The sooner the west stops demonizing Iran .......the sooner we will be on a path to peace. Yes Iran has many problems.....but no one has murdered and slaughtered more people than the west. Let's clean up our own act and then start to talk about others,

    November 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  42. Tim F

    The issue never discussed that has been number 1 in the minds of people who know more than the average American: Will religious loyalty to Iran trump new Iraqi nationalism?
    George H.W. Bush was waaaay too smart to go to Bagdad. First Gulf War allies absent from Junior's invasion: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt...

    November 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  43. Bob

    I am surprised that anyone is surprised. Firstly Nuri Al Malicki was supported by Iran when Saddam Hussein was our ally but his enemy – in fact he was the Al Dawa party resident in Lebanon at the time of the marines barracks bombing. This carried out probably by islamic jihad as hezbollah did not even exist then. Islamic jihad was a creature of the Al Dawa party – so if Malicki did not have a hand in the bombing, or know about it, I would be much surprised. So is he our friend, or has he just used us for as long as it suits him? Probably the latter. Finally, we invaded Iraq on trumped up grounds and several hundred thousand Iraqi men, women and children are dead. If you think the families of those people view us kindly think again. If we had found the claimed weapons of mass destruction which was the 'justification' for the war then perhaps they would have blamed Saddam – now they blame us and have little reason to respect us.

    November 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  44. japanlover

    Remember what Cheney said.. we are being welcomed with open arms in Iraq. We prosecuted a war on flimsy grounds that I cannot believe even someone who is as intelligent as Ms. Rice still continue to defend. Yes, we threw a brutal dictator out, but have replaced him with someone who supports the very regime that thinks nothing of imprisoning innocent Americans. Remember 1979 and more recently the 3 young American hikers
    What a mess

    November 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  45. John Nemesh

    Let them associate with whomever they want! If they want to be buddies with the Ayatollah, let them! If they get too far out of line, we can always bomb them again and start over! We shouldn't have attempted to rebuild their forsaken country in the first place! Let them have the government they deserve...if they become a threat to our security...well, we have been down that road, haven't we?

    November 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  46. Pete W

    Iraq was at war with iran not to many years ago.and maybe that makes Iraq timid ,But they should be darn carefull what they do. I think,just maybe Troops will not be to far awy ,if iran really goes off the track. . .and tries something ,they could bite off more than they can Chew.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  47. PG13

    We should be careful as to why we want someone to be loyal to us. A 'Democratic Republic' acts in a way for its own interests (presumably). Let me first say this, I clearly disagree with Iraq's choice in this case. However, we need to understand that it is their choice after all. That's the nature of an independent nation. The argument that 'they haven't sided with us because they owe it to us' is nothing short of 'emotional blackmail.' We fought there to see them 'free?' Right?! (We should point out that they made a wrong choice. Not that they didn't stand by us.)

    November 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  48. Batesina

    The frightening aspect of this argument is that you are proposing that Iraq should have become little more than a colony of the United States. Ok, we invaded this sovereign nation and ousted its leader, thus it should do exactly as we tell it to? I hardly feel as if Iraq owes it to this country to alter its foreign policy because it does not suit our goals. You are putting on a false dichotomy in this argument, a very basic "love it or leave it" our way or the highway approach here and it is upsetting. The point (supposedly) of getting rid of Hussein was to allow democracy to flourish in Iraq and allow the people of the country to make decision, we can't now go back and tell them the decisions they are making are wrong because they aren't in our country. We must lie in the bed we have made.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  49. ahmed

    this is just an personal decision made by Al Maliki because he doesn't present the Iraqi majority and if you think the democracy is existing in Iraq sorry you are wrong ,AlMaliki present some Iraqi Shia and this is obvious from the last election when he didn't want to step down from his position although the Iyad Allawi had the majority vote so Almaliki doesn't present any Iraqi opinion he just owe Syria and Iran some support

    November 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  50. Fred

    We tend to forget that America went in to Iraq without any support or reason to do so. Now we expect Iraq to dance to our tune after hundreds of thousands of their civilians have lost their lives ! Where do we get off !!?? They called it a preemptive war for a reason ! We made the call, now We pay for it ! Stop demonizing countries due to them not wanting to let us run their country ! We need to put some of that attention right here at home where our citizens is ranked some 25th in the world in education. If our congressmen wouldn't pledge their allegiance new that newly founded country, we might just make some progress in this country. Do you really think that with our broken system that we can police the world ??? I think not !!

    November 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  51. W0lfZux

    Wolf's analysis here is about as deep as his show: quarter-inch. He says, "Despite the enormous sacrifice of U.S. blood and treasure in liberating Iraq from Saddam Hussein, the Shiite-led government in Baghdad didn't have the guts to stand with the overwhelming majority in the Arab world and side against the Damascus regime of Bashar al-Assad." Maybe the Iraqis don't care about our blood and treasure lost by invading them. Maybe they're more interested in maintaining a fragile peace with a nearly nuclear-armed neighbor as the entire region descends into chaos because Goldman Sachs messed with food prices. Boo hoo hoo, the Iraqi puppet government is ungrateful to the beacon of peace that liberated its people. And by liberated, I mean killed half a million and displaced at least eight times that. I love this country, but that war was wrong and we've never atoned for it for even a second. And for Wolf to get out there as a 'journalist' on a 'reputable' network and say the Iraqis should be supporting us over Assad? I'm not surprised, but I would be if I had been asleep for the past ten years.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  52. Abba Natan

    Obama's open discourse policy hasn't worked and Iranian influence will continue to grow. If I was Kuwait or Saudi Arabia I would be very worried about what Iran might convince Iraq to do.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  53. mike

    The majority of Syrians support Assad. FACT

    November 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  54. harvey n

    Why is he disappointed? Iraq never asked for US help and most likely most of the people there resent and blame us for whatever unpleasantries they face. Not quite as clueless as Bachmann and her fantasy that they will pay for the services of the US

    November 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  55. Mo

    You don't talk about the millions of Iraqis who died as a result of U.S. invasion. That's not a sacrifice eh, Mr. Blitzer? A democracy listens to its people, not the U.S. government or other Arab countries. Your contention that Iraq should do what U.S. pleases because it owes it for the sacrifice is preposterous. Think of the MILLIONS of Iraqis killed when you think of the 4000-odd U.S. troops.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  56. John G.

    It just goes to show what a waste Iraq was and still is. Sorry any of the blood of our brave soldiers was shed there, let alone the billions we have wasted. They had the chance to forge a viable republic, but have chosen not to do so. The only consolation is that they requested we leave, so they cannot blame us when their internal politics tear their country apart in the years to come. I just hope our leaders have enough vision to keep our troops at home this time.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • craig

      john,if one were to believe your lies,one would easily swear that we invaded Iraq for legitimate reasons? you seem to forget that ALL of the lies that your boy Bush told about Iraq were all MANUFACTURED LIES!!

      you havent forgotten about the "weapons grade yellow cake in NIGER have you?" we were NEVER there to nation build or install democracy! that was pure old white western bigotry and racism on the part of Bush! and if you dont believe me,just look at the confession from the former Iraqi dissident "curveball" WHO STATED on the record that he LIED about everything that he told america about Iraq!

      November 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  57. woodofpine

    The answer to Blitzer's question has been evident for a while (sorry vets)... Neo-Con Neo-Colonialism... where you don't even get the colonialism'S 'friends with benefits'! We're not getting the oil concessions and Irag is buying theIr stuff from elsewhere. Thanks W! Mission Accomplished!!

    November 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Tzckrl

      Sad but true synopsis.

      November 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  58. Dizzy Dezzy

    Why would anyone have thought that Iraq would be pro-US just because we liberated them beats me.

    Now that the US troops are leaving, the real civil war can begin. All the US was doing was delaying the inevitable.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • John G.

      I agree 100 percent. We were sold a bill of goods by the Bush administration. They had convinced themselves that Iraqi oil would be there for the taking, and that it would be an easy task.

      November 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  59. RogerFrancis

    Wolf, please take note geographic realities. This is the same reason Afghanistan will side with Pakistan. When we leave or abandon allies as we did (Afghanistan after Soviets were defeated) they have to live side by side with their people and not Whites like you or Blacks like others in America. Even if there are Arab and Persian differences, they have to live side by side and majority of Iraq are Shias. Get Real. NO ONE invited us to go play nation builders and gods in either nation. We invaded Iraq on lies. We had to INVADE Afghanistan out of valid reason but they never invited us. You want puppet regimes again like during the cold war? Remember the US overthrew a DEMOCRATICALLY elected socialist government of Mossadegh so we can have access to cheap oil in Iran back in 1952. What happened afterwards? Do you really think they need your righteous indignation on how to survive?

    November 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  60. It is sad

    It is sad that Bush told the American people that we would be able to use the vast amount of oil in Iraq to rebuild it. It is a crime that Iraq will now use the money from the oil fields we helped rebuild to join in with Iran. When I see some of the ignorant people ask the question with GWB face on in "Do you miss me now?" I can still easily say NO.

    November 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • D rez

      well said!! i agree 100%.

      November 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm |

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