„What is moral about demanding even more needless sacrifice of American lives merely to save face with the mistake of invading and occupying Iraq? Doesn't it seem awfully strange that the Iraqi government we support is an ally of the Iranians who are our declared enemies? Are we not now supporting the Iranians by propping up their allies in Iraq? If Maliki is our ally, and he has diplomatic relations with Ahmadinejad, why can't we? … Why should we not expect many of the 80,000 Sunnis we have recently armed to someday turn their weapons against us, since they, as well as the Mahdi Army, detest any and all foreign occupation? … Since no one can define winning the war, just who do we expect to surrender?“

—  Ron Paul

David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker House Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing, April 9, 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWr5Wl-mev0
2000s, 2006-2009

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—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

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„I think our nationals won't support us if we have to spend a lot of money to establish ties with one or two new allies.“

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„[Iraq is] not Vietnam, we have a government that has a support of the majority of the people.“

—  Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States 1946

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—  Bernie Sanders American politician, senator for Vermont 1941

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