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The Ingrate Problem

By Matthew Yglesias  

"The Ingrate Problem"

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It’s nice to see that Andy McCarthy is putting aside his crazy anti-Obama conspiracy theories and getting back down to his core competency of incredibly stupid commentary on national security policy. Thus, via Dave Noon, I give you this paragraph:

Thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions in taxpayer funds have been expended to provide Iraqis the opportunity to live freely. And this despite the facts that (a) the U.S. interest in Iraqi democracy remains tenuous (our interest was the elimination of Saddam’s terror-mongering, weapons-proliferating regime), and (b) Americans were assured, when the nation-building enterprise commenced, that oil-rich Iraq would underwrite our sacrifices on its behalf. Yet, to be blunt, the Iraqis remain ingrates. That stubborn fact complicates everything.

Because, of course, historically people have welcomed being invaded and occupied by a foreign power whose actions lead to years of chaos, a huge civilian death toll, and millions of displaced people.

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