My feeling are that if the Iraqi people want us gone, then we should leave. However, as long as we are still wanted over there, then we should always work towards victory. Lets face it, we’re there, and we can’t go back in time and have a “do over”. The responsible thing to do is to stay and help Iraq transform into a self sustaining, stable country as long as we can.
I also think that we need to drastically reduce our presence around the globe, and by drastically, I mean drastically. We can bomb anywhere in the world in a matter of hours, right here from US soil. We could beef up our navy and maintain a world wide presence from international waters. We should close most of our bases on foreign soil and bring the troops home. And most importantly, we need to get the fuck out of the UN, and end the defense treaties that we have with foreign nations.
These defense pacts do nothing but guarantee that the US could be dragged into a war which we may not want or need.
[i]“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations ? entangling alliances with none.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations to have as little political connection as possible… Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalships, interest, humor, or caprice?.. It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” ~ George Washington[/i]
BTW: I am currently reading Ron Pauls Book “A Foreign Policy of Freedom”, and yes, I am drinking from the Ron Paul kool aid jug.
“[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.”