Re: "Obama turned Bush's success into collapse" (Charles Krauthammer column, 5-22).
Once again, Krauthammer has danced his way to fantasy land.
The collapse of the Iraqi army also happened when we invaded Iraq. The soldiers put down their weapons and abandoned their government rather quickly.
At the time, members of the Bush administration said it proved how desperate and afraid the citizens of Iraq were of Saddam Hussein. We were assured the war would be over in a few months. The rise of insurgents proved how wrong they were, leading to the longest war in modern American history.
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Once again, the Iraqi army has chosen not to fight and headed for the hills. They abandoned some American-supplied weapons and left them for the Islamic State.
We can continue to throw money and advisers at this country forever. Or we can face the truth. You cannot teach courage. You cannot make warriors out of cowards. This is how they survive. These are not warriors but rather those who choose to adjust their lives according to whoever is chasing them down.
They ran when it was us and they ran when it was the Islamic State. No more American lives should be sacrificed to keep them safe. How much more money do we flush before we learn?