Hiter Scott, you and I are of one mind. Aren't you tired of people who make ridiculous statements? All right, Jared, now what would you do with Iraq? I expect more than for you to regurgitate the democratic mantra of "If pour money on a problem, it will go away." Or, "If you ignore it, it will go away." Or, "It doesn't feel right, so we won't do it now." I want specifics.
Please reference my posts in the Demonstrations thread to understand my feelings and my plan. I'll summarize: We must deal with saddam and any other dictator who willingly harbor terrorists. One terrorist is all it takes for you to be forcibly removed from power. It would be hard for terrorists to organize if they were continuously on the run. If we deal with saddam effectively, we can send a clear message to other scum.
Simplistic thinking? Yes. Direct? Yes. Effective? Yes. Remember that not all persons (aka: brutal dictators) are responsive and willing to change. They understand overwhelming force. They appreciate courage. There are hundreds of examples both handled correctly and incorrectly.
By the way, I support your right to make outrageous associations. But, I also support your right to think through an issue and come to an informed conclusion. Connect the dots. Use history as a guide. An example would be: If we didn't bottle up saddam, he would continue to build up a massive arsenal. He would continue on his quest to dominate the Middle East. Then he would lash out at the people who had humbled him in 1991. He would lash out with terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. He would use oil for political gain (eg. early this year when he stopped production to try to sway public opinion regarding Palestine) Then, jared could be one of his targets. Imagine them in jaredtown. It makes your references to our errors in the past sort of meaningless, doesn't it? I'm looking forward to your well-reasoned response.