posted on Dec, 25 2004 @ 08:11 PM
Honestly, I think Kerry would have pulled the soldiers out as quickly as possible. Now, I'd prefer my comments not be construed into a Bush Bashing
thing, because then emotions take over and everybody runs for their foxholes.
Where ever the United States resides in the world, simply for being a nation state, it will find resistance among the local populace. Uganda has
enemies. France has enemies. Simply being a nation will garner you enemies. The United States is no different. We're basically like the good natured
big brother who sometimes gets the better of himself at the Christmas dinner. Talks too loud, tells a dirty jokes, drinks too much, whatever. That
doesn't matter, because what does matter is the next Christmas. BIg Brother comes to the dinner with a reputation, and he can't put a forkful of
waffles in his mouth without getting yelled at.
Best intentions with limited results. Not because of a lack of understanding or resolve, but because of remarkably bad timing.
Which leads us to the inherent problem with politics in America right now. Both sides claim to be right, and the truth is, they both are. Both sides,
pro and against, are actually right. That means both sides are absolutely passionate with resolve, and neither wants to budge an inch. The Republicans
say that it was the moral thing to do, and I can actually agree with them. Democrats say that it was a strategic mistake to invade, and I can agree
with them too.
Both sides are basically right.
So, to answer your question, the insurgents would most definitly support Bush over Kerry, because Kerry would certainly withdraw. Bush will continue
to engage them, and by doing so, make them grow larger, stronger, and more dangerous.
Do I believe that Bush a genuinly decent guy with the best of intentions. I surely do. But, his advisors also failed to learn the lessons of the
British in North Africa, the Israelis in the West Bank, the Russians in Afghanistan, even the crusaders against the Ottoman Turks. For every one we
kill, three more take his place. Anywhere in Iraq, Rpg's can be purchased for $10 a piece, Ak-47's for not much more.
We're talking about the one place in the world that has completely resisted change of any kind since the birth of Christ. Uneducated people who are
prone to believe the most outrageous propaganda, which has been bred into them with a culture of latent insecurity about their roles in society.
Because of these factors, the insurgents are grateful to Bush. To them, he's the gift that keeps on giving, because he confirms their outrageous
paranoia. This fuels the engine of insurgency through both recruiting and fundraising.
Again, this isn't a Bush bashing post. I'm not even going to reply to anyone who drags this thread into the mudpit. But, at this point, the war
simply cannot be won, short of isolated nuclear exchanges. Abu Graib sealed the deal in the minds of moderate muslims in the Middle East. It cannot be
won, because we would have to do something that no army in the history of the world has ever been able to do, at least without genocide.
We cannot fight an effective war against an insurgent army willing to kill themselves. That's a war of attrition, and if you find yourself in one,
you've already lost, because they'll just wear you down through the loss of manpower, armor, and the disruption of supply lines.