posted on Jul, 5 2005 @ 12:10 PM
I did not agree with going to war in Iraq. However, now that we are there, I believe we have to follow up and finish the job, however unpleasant and
We have a responsibility, and just because our leadership's judgement was poor (both, in my opinion, in getting into this thing, and in our
expectations and assumptions) does not mean that now that when the going gets tough, the US has any other choice but to get going and clean up this
I was adamently against the war. I always knew this was all an excuse, so pardon me for a few "Ha I told you so!"s. Of COURSE this is about oil. Not
necessarily in the "Neo-cons are getting rich" sort of way (though that's certainly a neat little win win for some of them), and of COURSE this is
about setting global precident and insuring the USA is THE superpower of the world. It IS Imperalism, though, I think that's an emotional misuse of
the term, but it makes its points.
I believe that we tarnish the ideals of this country by mislabeling them, shouting about Freedom and Democracy, when instead it's really all about
money, and spreading Capitolism (that's not to say there isn't freedom in an open market, but that's not what I'm saying here). And while I
understand that we wish to prosper and for our people to thrive, eat well, have a good life, but I wonder - at what expense? And at what moral
When does might make right?
Sure, world stability is in all our best interests. OIL stability is in all our best interests. But anyone that thinks that we're acting selflessly
is ignorant or naive.
It's what we have a government for, to look after our interests. And certainly, in this day and age, our interests more and more ARE global. We talk
about Monroe Doctrine and staying out of global affairs, but is that really possible in this day and age?
So where do we draw the line between our interests, other country's interests, and global interests?
We don't have the greatest of histories regarding some of the deeds we've done in the name of our best interests. South America anyone?
So who watches the watchmen? If you ask me, I think WE do. You and I, and every American citizen. So forgive me if I pass a criticial eye on my
government. It's my duty to question.
No one wants to be proud of America more than I do. I want us to do the right things for the RIGHT reasons.
Perhaps I'm a bit of an idealist. But I think we fell short of the measure here. Can we enable a better future? Find a balance, compromise?
I don't have all the answers. If I did I'd be running for office.