Your opinion doesn't change reality. In many ways Iraq suffered under Saddam's rule but not everything he did was evil and despicable. He did a lot to improve Iraq's education system and the nations health services. In those respects Iraq was one of the more progressive middle eastern countries.
I have no idea what you're talking about or who the Garafolo's are.
Despite the advice, suggestions, and impassioned pleas of numerous world leaders ol' Dumbya decided to go it alone. What's happening now in Iraq is what the world at large (Dumbya and Blair excluded) has predicted would happen. And with a 60% Shiite majority in Iraq it follows that they'll likely determine the political outcome of the country in the years to come. That is, if in their new "democracy" they're actually allowed to vote.
Cuba would be a lot more wonderful if it wasn't under the stranglehold of US economic sanctions. The US must be the only country in the world that thinks this tiny island nation is a threat to national security. Give me a break.
Funny though, that you should bring up Cuba, as a number of my friends have vacationed there. Wonderful people, good food and reasonable prices make for a great time. In fact, I'm planning to vacation there myself next year. Shall I bring you back a box of Cohiba's?