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What Republicans did with $2 trillion: Attacked Iraq

They want a second chance in November by controlling both sides of Congress. Watch Frontline tonight to decide whether you truly want to give to them the keys to the locker again. Everyone knows the ending, but did you truly know how much it cost in lives and dollars? Iraq tubed the American economy. The decision to attack Iraq feathered the nests of large defense contractors who made billions on the war by borrowing money from the Chinese and sticking American taxpayers with the bill.

ISIS in Iraq
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We know that. But, American voters have short memories. The alternative is to vote for a guy like Obama who sings a good tune and makes nice speeches but lacks the competence to deliver what he promised and voters desperately “hoped” for.

Give him credit for helping to save the economy from complete disaster. Give him credit for killing Osama bin Laden. Give him credit for yanking us out of the Middle East. So what is there to complain about?

Well, the mess that was left him in Iraq is festering again. The ISIS enemy is worse than al Qaeda and far more threatening.

The way ahead is to get off foreign oil cold turkey. Do it. But, that will take a functioning government. Even if Obama is short on competence, if voters give to him a functioning Congress, he can perform better for all of our sake.

We have some bad choices ahead, but watching Frontline can make us more knowledgeable about what we are doing and what lies ahead.

From tonight’s broadcast, see how Hillary Clinton plays in the current circumstances. See if there is an inkling about the way ahead. What are the implications for Afghanistan and the rest of the Middle East? Is departing an option? Will we have to return to straighten this out?

“Iraq: How Did We Get Here?

July 29, 2014, 12:58 pm ET by Sarah Childress, Evan Wexler and Michelle Mizner

Eleven years after the U.S. invasion, Iraq remains steeped in violence, with militant extremists gaining ground, civil war hanging in the balance and no clear resolution to the chaos.

What went wrong? How did we get here? From “shock and awe” to the rise of ISIS, we’ve traced the pivotal political moments of the Iraq war and its aftermath in the timeline below.

Tonight at 10 p.m. FRONTLINE will air Losing Iraq, a special 90-minute report that tells the inside story of the war we left behind. The film draws on one of the richest archives in broadcast journalism and includes new, in-depth interviews with policymakers and military leaders.”

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