That assumes that the amount the US spends is the "right" amount; many would consider your defense budget excessive.
The smell of bullshit is almost overpowering...
Oddly, before the war, there wasn't that much support in favor of it. Where were all those T-Men asking the administration to do something about the injustices in Iraq? Why had your administration to lie about WMDs, links between Saddam and OBL, etc. to drum up some modicum of public support for the war?
And if your course of action was so just and true, why couldn't you convince more countries than those in your "coalition of the willing"? The first Desert Storm managed to bring together the largest coalition in the history of man; why was it so hard to do it again? Could it be the complete absence of justification for it?
There's a lot of worse shit going down in a lot of places in the world... I don't see many of you clamoring for the deposition of Kim Jong Il and the freeing of the North Korean people. Howabout Darfour? Or human rights in China? There's lots and lots of shit going on all around about which you simply do nothing...
Saying "We, as a Nation, can't simply stand on the sidelines while injustice is being done" is a load of crap. Not only can you stand by; you actually support it when it suits you.
15 of the 19 hijackers in 9/11 where Saudi Nationals. No Iraqis. Ya think you might have gone after the wrong country? But the brutal, oppressive Saudi regime are your "allies" of course. So just stand by and watch. Worse, support them. Hold your girlfriend while the other guys whacks on her; then ask "Why do you hate me, honey?"
So, it's better to do anything, whether it be bad or good? Whether that alienates a bunch of your allies, drums up record deficits, etc is of no importance? That big military costs and arm and a leg; by God, we better invade somewhere and put it to good use!
No, but your post-war plan appears to have been non-existant. The insurgency does not appear to be dwindling in numbers; how long did you plan on keeping Iraq in such a state before coming home? Or was that not in the plans?
How many deads on both sides since Dubya the chimp declared "Mission Accomplished?" It used to be that when a war was over, you'd sign some treaties, exchange prisoners and get on with the rebuilding part. Declaring a war over while the other side is still fighting you doesn't seem to work too well.
Ruffle some feathers? That's a mild way of putting it. How would you feel if some occupying nation killed a few of your family members or humiliated and raped them in some Abu-Graib while they were here? Would you say "Well, that's life; can make omelets without breaking a few eggs...?" or "I love you mom and sis, but your vaginas will heal, stop whining."
As I've asked somewhere else, getting no answer: If your foreign policy and actions have no bearing on terrorism, then what's the cause of it in your view? Why are they targeting you and your allies? If they hate freedom, they should be blowing up places like Sweden or Monaco, no?