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Originally posted by darkwraith
I am turning Republican because I have made critical errors in judgement by relying on conspiracy and radical left wing websites which distorted the reality of the war on the ground. I was against war and felt sorry for the Iraq citizens.
However, now that I have had a chance to see the Democratic Presidential platform and have discovered much of the radical left wing bias to be exaggerated, I have found that the Republicans meant well when they were trying to defend the nation against terrorism.
If you notice, much of the Democratic platform on defense tries to agree with the Bush
agenda. Well, you don't get much more experienced on defense than Wesley Clark, and
Colin Powell. And since the Democrats like Joe Biden and John Kerry voted for the
war, they must have for a reason. I now believe those reasons to be correct.
So from now on, I will support the war and the troops, and President Bush. I had believed his "your for us , or against us" was kind of mean and making enemies, but after thinking it over in the context of the seriousness of the risks, I feel he was correct.
It is easy to become embroiled in emotional issues like war and death when the news
messengers distort or exaggerate facts. Its easy not to trust news sources too when they try to conceal or ignore certain facts also. But now I understand it was for national security.
One commentator on Larry King Live said, "The Bill Of Rights is not a suicide pact."
I think I understand now. The United States military has a lot of work to do in protecting
America and we should support them in every way we can because they are making
the country safer.
To all the people in the military and overseas, I sincerely apologize for misunderstanding the situation of the Iraq war and speaking out so vehemently against it. We have left-wing radio here, Pacifica KPFK (90.7) which broadcasts many negative comments about the war and its easy to feel angry when the message is distorted and things are exaggerated. I am sorry my comments were unduly harsh, but it was due mainly because of my religion where killing, is of course, wrong.
Much of the left wing press had been exaggerated esp. on the internet and it reinforced this perception. I feel that these people are doing a great disservice to the nation now, and think their attempts at reporting are misguided.
If the issue is safety and the government says its important then I believe them, and
trust they know what they are doing for the freedom of our nation, and to make security safer for democracies of the world.
[Edited on 23-2-2004 by darkwraith]
Originally posted by ilovepizza
You do not have to be republican or democrat. You can have views of both parties. It is only limmiting thinking "I am a republican" or "I am a democrat". It is better to think, I am my self with my own views.
Originally posted by silQ
o...and to make things clear, I AM NOT A REPUBLICAN! i may be a liar, a cheater, a failure, a republican, an idiot, and a thief, but I AM NOT A PORN STAR
Originally posted by Requiem
I think the operation in Iraq is indeed a stretch. To say we were doing so in the case of national security is a stretch. In a sense were I suppose for security, or our American interests. But there is a bigger picture around us, and I see another way of helping the Iraqi people and I see an administration that lied to the public knowingly, they knew what they were saying to us, and they knew what was (or was not) behind their words.
I agree on the imperialism factor, it's nothing new.
Veterans do not agree on what is best for the country either. And this country, the majority, doesn't know what war is like, on their soil, or anywhere I think. I don't either, but I have an idea.
Originally posted by darkwraith
1. The paragraph explains the war from the actions of soldiers and former soldiers.
General Powell has showed unwavering support for the Iraq Policy. Before becoming
a Democrat Presidential Candidate, Wes Clark supported Bush and the Republicans in
well publicised speeches. Senator John Kerry supported the war and voted for it.
He is a member of the Senate Intel Committee and has access to all intelligence related
to the subject and made his decision.
2. The argument for hegemony and imperialism do not hold up because there is no war
profiteering and 'war for oil' as all the leftists have consistently charged.
The Bush cabinetonly hired companies that would do the best work to stabilize
the region and rebuild Iraq. I bet you would be hard pressed to find any
hard evidence of the supposed imperialism or 'profiteering' that would amount
to any significant sum of money when contrasted with the actual costs spent
by the Pentagon. (some 180 biilion so far).
3. There have a lot of speculative stories about General Powell and his supposed
relationship with the President. His actions have all displayed evidence to the contrary.
He has constantly shown loyalty to President Bush and the Pentagon. The stories are
nothing more than the 'peanut gallery' part of the press. As for Gen. Wes Clark, he had
been a supporter of the Bush Administration by his own endorsement and gave much
encouragement in regards to Operation Iraqi Freedom. As I have stated previously,
issues of war and death are very emotional and Clark may have changed his mind,
but I agree with his initial assesments.
4. Government employees have the right to state their views privately, but doing so in
public is discouraged because of issues concerning national security. Not only could
the statements encourage the enemy, but could harm the morale of our U.S. fighting
forces.The fact that WMD may have existed and may have been a threat was an
issue of intelligence. Many Democrats like John Kerry and John Edwards had access
to the same intelligence and made judgement calls also.
They voted to give Bush the authority based on that information. Intelligence reports
are subject to interpretation. If you notice, there are often conflicting intelligence
alerts regarding possible Al-Queda alerts or terrorist threats today, including last
holiday season. Conflicting intelligence is the nature of the business.
Originally posted by Requiem
I want to know why other countries did not support our decision and why there are intense critics in the intelligence community, and why the UN didn't jump on the turnip truck.
I'm aware members of the house, senate and so on have seen more than I have, but what did they not see? The conflicting reports?
There is a Large dose of imperialism in this situation. We have a tremendous influence on Iraq right now, and will probably maintain ties for as long as possible.
I don't mind facing the opposite direction of Colin Powell and Mr. Bush. They all jumped on the same bandwagon and in my opinion they can drive themselves over a cliff.
The chances ARE pretty slim, but who is to say what they could be were this left alone, and swept under the rug. Im sure at one time, the chances of being killed by an act of terrorism in Isreal, or Palestine WERE very slim, no?
Originally posted by Colonel
DW, you know what? If you want to sell out to the FEAR then go ahead. I suggest you read 1984 before you do. You want ot side with the racists, go ahead. Ever hear of a democratic KKK member? No. But, I have heard of several republiklansmen. You want to sell out to a party that denies equal rights under the law. Go ahead. You want to sell out to a party that caters to the rich while leaving the average American holding the bag. Go ahead. You want to sell out to a party of criminals. Go ahead. You want sell out to a people who would SELL OUT this country? Go ahead.
I wash my hands of you.