U.S.= Good Guys
I am a Democrat, I did not vote in the last election because I didn’t register in time, I live in New York which went for Al Gore. I regret not voting but my vote wouldn’t have changed the election.
When Bush was elected I knew in my heart of hearts that he would do something like this… start infringing on our personal freedoms, mismanage our foriegn policy, gut our social support services. It has culminated in his decision to get us into a war which I feel is unnecessary. I love my country which is why I don’t want to see it driven into a ditch. In my opinion, that is exactly what George Bush is doing.
This war is not about freeing the Iraqi people. We do nothing about the people of Tibet who are oppressed and occupied by China. We did nothing in East Timor which was oprpressed and occupied by Indonesia. We do nothing regarding much worse dictators and much worse human rights violations.
This war is not about breaking UN security council resolutions. If it was, we would have invaded Israel long ago, as they have broken dozens of resolutions and ignored dozens of reprimands.
This war is about imposing a friendly government in the second oil-richest country in the world, it is about making Republicans like Dick Cheney (Halliburton board member) and Republican cronies in the arms industry rich. First we sell countries the weapons. Then we confiscate them a few years later because “those weapons are a threat”, we destroy them and use up a bunch of our own weapons. Repeat cycle. What a racket!
If you want to know what this war is about, follow the money. Guys like Richard Perle and Dick Cheney and their pals will make a ton of money, at the expense of taxpayers and “disposable” Iraqi lives. The oil fields will not be controlled by the people of post-war Iraq, they will will be privatized. Guess who will ultimately benefit… Bush cronies in the oil industry, with sweetheart deals. The fact is that this war has been in the planning since BEFORE George Bush was elected, and before 9-11. It is a result of planning by the Committee for a New American Century, a faction of neo-conservatives in the Defense Department. It has nothing to do with security, terrorism, or Iraqi freedom. Even Iraq’s next-door neighbors like Iran (their enemy) do not consider Iraq a threat.
George Bush ran on a platform of “no nation building” and prioritizing domestic issues. Now that he is elected, he has shown himself to be merely a puppet for war hawks (or should I say Chicken Hawks) in his cabinet.
I suppose that’s why they didn’t make Jeb Bush president… he had too much of a mind of his own?
I do support the ordinary guys who have to slog it out in our military. What I don’t support is the abuse of American taxpayers and American resources and American firepower for a gratuitous war that is intended to make wealthy people even wealthier.
I think this war is illegal, and it sets a dangerous precedent for the future. The president should not have the sole discretion to launch military attacks. If Pakistan were to invade India tomorrow, what could the US. say about it? “Do as i say, not as I do”? Unlike some people here, I see the weakening of the UN by disregarding their wishes as a complete disaster (yes, we NEED the UN to settle disputes). I see the alienating of former allies like France and Germany (not to mention Russia and China) as a plainly bad idea. America cannot be so arrogant to think that she can go it alone in the world and still thrive. By the way, the UK’s involvement is marginal, and they will not be sending any more troops to the Gulf. This is clearly America’s war, and this “coalition” is a paper tiger.
Sadly, only 15% of Americans even have a passport, and have no idea how badly this war is impacting the US’s standing in the world community.
I hope that begins to give an insight on my positions. By the way, I’m not mad at anybody here about this. Unlike some people who want to send the protestors to Siberia, this kind of dialogue is exactly what makes America worth arguing over. Without the freedom to disagree, we have NOTHING.
I will be the first to say I would LOVE to be proven wrong about any of this (not by your posts, but by actual future events).