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June 18, 2014

In Our Opinion: Hypocrites are blaming wrong president for Iraq

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It has since come to be known as the “Pottery Barn rule.”

“Once you break it, you are going to own it, and we’re going to be responsible for 26 million people standing there looking at us,” Powell recounted years later. “And it’s going to suck up a good 40 to 50 percent of the Army for years. …”

There is no doubt that despite the removal from power and the execution of a brutal dictator in Saddam, Iraqis are far worse off than they ever were under his regime. Untold thousands of civilians have been killed, millions are displaced, and a religious civil war rages with no end in sight.

The McCains and Grahams blaming Obama hope we have short political memories. Obama, while making certain to protect American interests and citizens, is resisting getting us sucked back into a costly quagmire.

We broke it, but we don’t want to own it, anymore.

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