Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Grab Bag: Iraqis rid ISIS; Trump is disgusting

With the Iraqi government declaring yesterday that Mosul will soon be free from ISIS and their self-proclaimed "caliphate" is dead, I think of the 14 years of suffering the Iraqi people have gone through since American president George W. Bush announced the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell famously intoned at the time the Pottery Barn Doctrine, "If you break it, you own it." I think that means that we, as Americans, own some significant portion of the tremendous pain the Iraqis have gone through.

In separate news, Donald Trump is simply a disgusting man.