The U.S. attacks on the Baghdad Airport and Iraqi military bases, which killed a top Iranian general and others, could pave the way for our nation’s exit from a country we shattered 17 years ago. Hundreds of thousands killed, millions displaced, trillions squandered.
We remain in Iraq at the request and permission of the Iraqi government, albeit a U.S. puppet government. Iraq is collapsing from internal chaos directed at the U.S. puppet government, threatening further disintegration of an already disintegrated country, thanks to Uncle Sam. But these new attacks may finally spur the Iraqi government to demand our departure and if so, we should leave promptly. Likewise for U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Syria. We should end all support for Saudi Arabia and Israel.
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These are not outlier views. Millions of Americans support that action, including, I feel, a significant portion of the military not in leadership. Military leaders, defense contractors, congressional hawks, even presidents of both parties, need perpetual war, which is their business. Without war there are no profits, no political gain, no glory.
My hope is that we leave Iraq and greater Middle East soon and gracefully. My fear is our recklessness in Iraq and across the Middle East will blunder us into a war with Iran that would be a catastrophe for Iran, America and the world.
Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn
When November rolls around, vote
As thousands celebrate the availability of recreational marijuana by standing in long lines and waiting hours to get their buzz on, hopefully they will do the same when it’s time to vote in our elections, particularly on Nov. 3.
Our abysmal Election Day turnout numbers in Chicago and Cook County are a disgrace, so please take the time to vote — whether high or not.
Kevin Garvey, Streeterville