Sorry but I don't go for revisionists history.<quoted text>
I just keep up with world events. You should try it.
What's your impression of Putin's message to the world on New Year's Eve?
Let's start with the failed U.S. forces raid to kidnap lead terrorist Mohammed Farrah Aidid in Somalia. While their original mission was peace-keeping and protect U.N. workers distributing food, mission creep morphed the mission into an active, let's take sides mission, small scale nation building. Kidnapping a militia leader is not a peace keeping mission.
Remember, one person's terrorists is anothers freedom fighter. On you take sides, prepare for combat, as you are no longer a peace-keeper.
as for all that crap about President Clinton having and letting go Osama bin Laden, its all crap. We didn't even realize Al Qaeda,(Arabic for "The Base") was an organization until 98 after Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda took credit for the African Embassy bombings. Up until that point we thought of it as a physical location.
Until then, we had no knowledge that Osama bin Laden had attacked U.S. assets and forces. So that so called deal with Sudan to turn over Osama, we a country where the rule of law used to be adhered to, had nothing to prosecute him for.
Counter Terrorism was identified as the biggest threat to the U.S. under Clinton and became the primary focus of our intel community, law enforcement and military. The Clinton administration tried to brief the incoming Bush administration but the latter refused to meet with the principles.
Under AG Ashcroft, counter terrorism was relegated to secondary importance. The evangelical minister Ashcroft thought illegal drugs and prostitution were a bigger threat. Hence that 40 man, 24/7 stakeout of a New Orleans brothel that was on-going during the attacks of 9/11.
As for Iraq, try reading George H.W. Bush & Brent Scowcroft's op-ed on why they didn't take out Saddam at the end of Gulf War I. he pretty much predicted what would happen, did.
Taking out Saddam had the same result of what happened in Yugoslavia when Tito died. Decades of oppression by the Sunni minority over the majority Shia could only end in civil war. Being that Iran is Shia and has backed the Iraqi Shiites could also have one result-Iran having great influence in Iraqi politics.
The situation is only going to continue to get worse in Iraq. No amount of troops is gonna change that. It will only result in a drain on our national treasury and more Americans being killed, maimed for life and wounded.