So we're going to pull our military completely out of Iraq (except for some embassy guards). Supposedly by the end of this year.
I'm not sure I'll believe it's done, even if "they" say it is.
Has anybody noticed that over the past 30 years Iran and Iraq have taken turns being the bad guys? I remember in the '80s Iraq was the bad guy, then we got over it and Iran became the bad guy. It has flip-flopped like that and now Iraq is the bad guy again. I used to care about things like that but I've flip-flopped over the years myself.
I'll never forget something that happened when I cared. In 1982 I was a freshman student at Memphis State University. Iraq was the bad guy at the time, and Iraqi students were being persecuted to the point of assault. There was a rally on the green one day; I stumbled upon it while hurrying to class. The mob of around 100 kids was mostly young men; the girls were mostly hurrying by, just as I was.
What stopped me was the tirade being shouted through the amps. It wasn't against Iraq, but against the Iraqi students. Some of them had been heard bad-mouthing America for whatever we were doing to their homeland (that's why they were getting beat up). The shouters believed Iraq deserved it, and that the Iraqi student deserved to be persecuted. They were calling for the Iraqi students to be thrown off campus. Not for being Iraqi but for expressing their opinions.
Well, stupid me. I spoke up. I yelled something to the effect that this is America and the Iraqi students have freedom of speech just like everybody else.
Bad mistake. Somebody threw a rock at me and it hit me right in the forehead. A rock! The mob turned towards me and I ran. A professor happened to be right there when the rock hit me and he ran with me to the safety of a nearby building. That rock shocked me to my core. And I was in tears but I wasn't crying for myself. I was crying over the ignorance - no, the idiocy - and the hypocrisy of the shouting mob. These were my peers! What would America become when these kids grew up?
Well, now we know what America has become. A nation of hypocritical idiots. God help us all.