Overheard on CNN.com: Iraq not ours to 'win'
CNN contributor William Bennett says President Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq will probably lead to disaster.
October 26th, 2011
01:32 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Iraq not ours to 'win'

Comment of the morning:

“We got bamboozled and stampeded into this war and where’s the lasting gain from the sacrifice made in blood and $3 trillion in public debt?” - Rover2594

Obama is compromising Iraq

William J. Bennett, a CNN contributor, author, former U.S. secretary of education and former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, says President Obama is making a mistake by withdrawing nearly all troops from Iraq. Suggesting that the president’s decision is politically motivated, he points to U.S. generals’ wishes to have at least 15,000 troops remain in the country.

But CNN.com readers overwhelmingly disagreed with Bennett. Most readers said that withdrawal is long overdue and that attempting to block Iranian influence seems to be putting off the inevitable. Based on readers' feedback, it’s clear that Americans are ready for the troops in Iraq to come home.

Duckyducky said, “The only reason these people are so upset is because President Obama is doing what Bush couldn't. And a lot of them are also upset because money will stop flowing to their corporate buddies for all those military contracts. They would rather see our military die and continue to funnel that money to the defense companies then bring them home. Shame, shame, shame.”

Moorbo responded, “I would add that this is another Republican that will cheer cutting welfare programs for U.S. citizens in the name of fiscal responsibility, but get upset about cutting this massive portion of our budget for this war that is providing security for people who are not U.S. citizens.

If the majority of Iraq is pro Iran who are we to tell them otherwise? Shall we keep soldiers there to intimidate Iraqis into not liking Iran? I wonder how that would influence their opinion of the U.S.”

GeneralDavis responded. “Got to keep the war factories humming. The next-generation drones - a quarter billion dollars each! - and the cool trillion we'll spend on the F-35 fighters - and that's before the usual 300 percent cost overruns.”

cger61 said, “I really hate to write this, because I am conservative and also a retired military person. We absolutely could not leave our military personnel in Iraq without a Status of Force agreement that would protect our military members from prosecution in Iraqi courts. The embassy military personnel are probably covered by diplomatic immunity. This was not a political issue; it was the right thing to do.”

kscottg1 said, “Bill, I visited quite a few of the forward operating bases in Iraq while there. I don't remember seeing you anywhere around. You must have been out on patrol, right? Who are you to sit back in the lap of luxury and attempt to show why we need to stay in Iraq by referencing our service members who lost their lives there? How many friends have you lost in Iraq? How many friends do you have standing by for another year-long deployment? What are the chances you'll ever find yourself getting mortared in the middle of the night in the Middle East? I served as an Infantryman for 8 years, and have done the last six as an AH-64D pilot.”

PolluxTroy responded, “Hey salt dog, just because a few mortars landing seven clicks from you while you were a FOBit doesn't mean your position is any more logical. I'll tell you one thing, if my buddies who died on both tours I did as a USMC grunt knew that the possibility of every good thing America did in Iraq would pretty much get negated, they would roll in their graves.”

Megaphone said, “I guess Bill hasn't been paying attention and doesn't realize that we've been screaming to get out of Iraq for years now. Bill's problem, just like General Hayden, is that he wants our military to be in these places forever. It's the old Cold War mentality of putting our troops all over the world so that we influence everything that goes on. In his view, any withdrawal from any of these places will reduce our ability to control the actions of other nations.”

Guest said, “What you conveniently left out, Mr. Bennett, is not only the fact that this withdrawal was negotiated by the Bush Administration, but also the fact that our troops would not be guaranteed immunity from prosecution even if they were following orders from above. And you're right, almost 5,000 of our brave men and women will have died in vain should Iraq fall into the wrong hands, which is something that is going to happen anyway, but that's not on President Obama, that's on President Bush because we never should have been there in the first place.”

intermtn said, “Thank goodness someone is going to get us out of the mess we created.”

jcgaunet said, “Obama surprised us with his abrupt announcement to bring home the troops to deflect us from the fact that his Jobs Bill is a total flop. It was political maneuvering, plain and simple. Only 160 left in Iraq? Hard to imagine what good that could come to.”

talshar said, “Obama does ONE thing, ‘campaign for office.’ And end the wars Republicans start. And topple dictators. And eliminate terrorists. And save the American auto industry. And prevent a second Great Depression.”

Sjmfury responded, “Don't forget. Bailed out Foreign Banks, tailored to Wall Street elite, started a war in Libya, destroyed Healthcare and lowered the price of the dollar. Get the **** out of Iraq.”

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  1. taskforce4256

    Based on the comments I've read from CNN.com readers, they are the same 12% malcontent leftists that are part of the OWS crowd. They say they are the 99%, but actually, they are about 12% at most. When there is 9% unemployment, guess what – that means that 91% have some kind of job, and 53% pay federal income tax. Trying to stick your thumb in the eye of the people that fund your "share" of the GDP is a risky proposition. Eventually the 53% are going to kick you off the sofa and refuse to pay for your body piercings.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    omg everyone with half a brain knows the unemployment rate is way more than 9%! that is only the percentage of people presently drawing unemployment. it does not include those who didnt qualify or benefits have expired!

    October 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    The cost in terms of American lives, national treasure & tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis killed is just one aspect of this crime the Iraq invasion.

    Loss in America's prestige, dignity, credibility & influence in that entire region, set back to our strategic, economic & geo-political goals which provided a huge advantage to our rival powers is another which cannot even be measured.

    Alas! We haven't learned. Our failed policies in the Middle East especially, remain on the beaten track, unmindful of the winds of change blowing in the Arab world.
    The ignorant thugs up on the Hill & their backers- the foreign lobbies are trying to push us into another disaster – Iran.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NudeTruth

    Obama is such a lying sack of 'poop' he promises within 16 months the troops would be home, what doe she do? Wait till SOFA an agreement signed by Bush and Iraq that says the troops must come home by Dec 31st 2011 is up then tries like to take credit for it.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I believe the congress has something to do with it. Don't they hold the purse strings and a vote in it?

      October 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. U.S.Army-OverLord

    Iraq was one of my best deployments. That being said I would NEVER want to be ANYWHERE without SOFA protecting me. This is not a polictical issue. Why would any servicemember anywhere without being held to our own laws?!? If you are upset blame iraq. They must not need our help anymore, best wishes to them.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    Mr President.Allowing the Iraqis to dictate the terms of our presence in Iraq and our forced withdrawal at your order will cause Iraq to be a Vietnam REDUX for the United States.I served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972 and have 2 Purple Hearts which I realize means nothing to someone of your age group and backround.
    The American Soliders who have sacrificed their lives along with all the wounded will have been in vain when Iranian tanks roll into Bagdad after we have gone.This failure will be the responsibilty of you and your Administation alone.You will not be able to blame GWB for this.Also,when Iran announces they have the BOMB under your watch ,that failure will be yours and yours alone because everyone knows what needs to be done.It will be amusing to see how your Administration spins that.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. B W Styles

    So where are the WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION that we went there for in the first place. Maybe they were found and buried at sea, 'in the interest of protecting the public'.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George Patton

    We never had any business invading Iraq in the first place and all it did was to incur the hate of most Muslims around the world. The best thing for Iraq now in to divide it into three smaller states by giving the north to the Kurds, the south to the Shiites and the west to the Sunnis and let's forget about this pseudo-democracy established by the C.I.A. in Baghdad. Furthermore, we need to quit paying off members of the Awakening Councils!!

    October 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jimmy Hoffa

    On our way to making the US the weakest country in the world. Thank you boy Obama. You are no man and never have been a President.

    October 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lady Gaga

      You can say that again.

      October 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • U.S.Army-OverLord

      No matter how many times you repeat that lie, he IS PRESIDENT, and with the weak A$$ people running against he will continue to be PRESIDENT.

      October 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mr. President

    Some day I will make a good decision, just not today. Ask my wife, she wears the pants in the family.

    October 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    Nude Truth you are a self reflective lier. Bush did NOTHING! NOTHING! But prolong a war Sick chenry started. But bring a typical THICK MINDED conservitive, u do not have the capacity to see and understand anything past your own NARROW MINDED WORLD!

    October 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    is that the azs whipe philip calling himself mr president? weak azz tea banger humer, a yuck, yuck.

    October 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    lol writen in tea party script.

    October 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. s kel

    Hoffa i would like to rebury you. BOY! You FAKE PATRIOT! Phoney. YOU NEED TO NE BURIED --DEEP!

    October 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. s kel

    Punk Azz Jim Hoffa.

    October 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
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