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Eli Goldfinger
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In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
Desert Storm pretty much neutered him as a threat to the US’s interests in the region.
However, he was still able to keep all those tribal factions in line...as well as provide a needed check for Iran.

After his removal, the entire region has been a disaster, and a lot of the trouble would have never happened under Saddam.

I’m not saying he was a good guy, but it looks like he was a necessary guy.



14&Counting
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
Removing Saddam needed to happen. the mistake was disbanding the Bath Party and purging Bathists and Sunnis from government and the armed forces.


Lsuhoohoo
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
15 years, 5,000 deaths and 0 Weapons of Mass Destruction later, no.


Lsuchs
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
If the plan was a power vacuum and migration to Europe, yes.


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IceTiger
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
He was a lunatic and his kids were lunatics...
But, eh...


The real question is Qaddafi...an idealist


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DyeHardDylan
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
No. Whenever we topple a regime, there’s always significant blowback. We created a huge power vacuum and a weak government in Iraq. There’s a reason why Washington warned about foreign entanglements.


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DownSouthJukin
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
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In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?


No. It wasn't a good idea at the time, either.


sparkinator
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
It se the stage for Obama. So no.



BamaScoop
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
Terrible idea. Should have brought him to chicago and let him bring some nerve has with him and solve some of our problems the way he solved his.


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OMLandshark
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
Short Answer: frick No! One of the biggest mistakes in US history. Saddam was awful, but he kept relative stability in the region.


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OMLandshark
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
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Removing Saddam needed to happen. the mistake was disbanding the Bath Party and purging Bathists and Sunnis from government and the armed forces.



No, removing Saddam emboldened Iran and caused chaos everywhere else. It was a terrible idea to remove him, despite how brutal he and his sons were.


Kujo
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
The goal is to destabilize every country around Israel so that they can never develop to be strong enough to be an actual threat to Israel.


DallasTiger11
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
He was awful but the consequences of that decision have been much worse.

The Second Iraq War was one of our greatest mistakes in history.


OMLandshark
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
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It se the stage for Obama. So no.



The crash was coming regardless. I think Obama would have still been President even without Iraq.


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OMLandshark
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
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The Second Iraq War was one of our greatest mistakes in history.



Name a worse one?


Lsuhoohoo
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
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It se the stage for Obama. So no.


I'm certainly no fan of Obama. But in line with the theme of this thread, our other option was John McCain who pops a viagra when he thinks about the US entering a war.


OMLandshark
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
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our other option was John McCain who pops a viagra when he thinks about the US entering a war.


I think that's the only time he doesn't need it.


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DownSouthJukin
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
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The goal is to destabilize every country around Israel so that they can never develop to be strong enough to be an actual threat to Israel.


1. Pan-Arabism failed miserably. Pan-Muslimism won't work due to way too many factions.

2. Any one country would be stupid to challenge Israel because a military loss would be absolutely devastating.

3. The Muslim and Arab countries in the Middle East need the "Little Satan" Israel in order to coalesce their tribes/factions around a central enemy. A loss of Israel would cause a break down in the cohesion.

In other words, the countries around Israel politically need Israel.
This post was edited on 2/28 at 11:57 pm


Havoc
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
Things would have never been stable with his constant quest for WMDs, this has been proven by the Duelfer report despite whatever issue with finding them after the fact.


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crazy4lsu
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re: In hindsight; was removing Saddam Hussein a good idea?
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In other words, the countries around Israel politically need Israel.



That's actually an astute observation. Iran and Israel both serve as convenient scapegoats for issues related to the Sunni underclass and in truth, for one another as well.


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