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Iraq: If Only We Knew Now What We Knew Then

Well, it’s about time. Finally, here’s a guide to Iraq, written for American military personnel. “A Short Guide To Iraq” contains basic words and phrases in Arabic, some local customs and it warns about cultural pitfalls for Americans to watch out for. “You aren’t going to Iraq to change the Iraqis. Just the opposite. We are fighting this war to preserve the principle of ‘live and let live.’”

The book is full of other common sense advice about trying to adapt and fit in when you’re in a foreign country. Since we didn’t have this information five years ago when we were planning the Iraqi invasion — well, there’s no sense wallowing in 20/20 hindsight. No harm, no foul. Oh, wait. This book was written in 1943! It was a guide for American servicemen stationed in Iraq during World War II. We already had this information!

We already knew! When Heartattackf uck was spewing out “we will be greeted as liberators, this information was already 60 years old. “Democracy will flower in the Middle East” when we march in and topple their dictator?!?!  ?!? Did these Neocon masterminds have some sort of ulterior motive all along, or are they all dumber than a bag of hammers?

Here are some painful contrasts between our World War II leaders and the pitiful shitstains who hijacked our foreign policy five years ago: The author says, “the people who wrote the 1943 booklet—an d by extension the government behind them—wante d two things: they wanted to win the war and they wanted to do it honorably. That is, they did not want to sacrifice or shortcut American values, and if we thought we were better than the Nazis, we had to prove it to our allies.”

How far we’ve plummeted. Our country has fallen and it can’t get up.


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7 Responses to “Iraq: If Only We Knew Now What We Knew Then”

  1. We’ll get back up one day… I hope…

  2. […] American servicemen stationed in Iraq during World War II. We already had this information!   (more…) Tags: BIO, Middle […]

  3. I believe a few events occurred between 1943 and today. It makes it seem like what was going on in Iraq in 2002 and 2003 was exactly the same as when this handbook was written 60 years prior. Another ridiculous argument, using only part of the story, in describing the reasons for going to war against Saddam and the terrorists. Typical of today’s “liberals”.

  4. Rephrasing for clarificatio n. Another ridiculous argument, using only part of the story, in describing the reasons for going to war against Saddam and the terrorists as wrong.

  5. *BZZZT!*

    Wrongo SteveIL!

    It shows that the US military already had the knowledge about Iraq, specifically about their culture and customs way before 2000. Quit with the bullshit “lefties want us to fail” rhetoric. It’s old and dead.

  6. OK, so they had knowledge about Iraq before 2000, going all the way back to 1943. It doesn’t change the fact that quite a few events occurred between 1943 and 2003. Also, do you know what was going on in Iraq in 1943? Why don’t you read this (along with the link at the top of that page). One other thing. During WWII, Iraqi oil wasn’t Iraqi oil; it was owned by the British. Iraq’s oil wasn’t nationalized until the early 60s. That’s one of those events that occurred between 1943 and 2003, among a few other things.

  7. “OK, so they had knowledge about Iraq before 2000, going all the way back to 1943. It doesn’t change the fact that quite a few events occurred between 1943 and 2003″

    Events are not culture. Do the Grammys affect western culture?

    “One other thing. During WWII, Iraqi oil wasn’t Iraqi oil; it was owned by the British. Iraq’s oil wasn’t nationalized until the early 60s. That’s one of those events that occurred between 1943 and 2003, among a few other things.”

    This is simply a red herring and not worth even replying to.

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