After that, we all know what happened next. If Bush would have solely focussed on Afghanistan, this world would be a different place. Unfortunately, Afghanistan looks like a lost cause at present, as there is not near enough troops there to stabilize the country.
"There is a lot of talk coming from CitiGroup about how Dodd-Frank isn't perfect, So let me say this to anyone listening at Citi —I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn't perfect. It should have broken you into pieces." -- Elizabeth Warren
no ****. it's called hyperbole..... if all my neighbors tolerated, some liked the terrorists and most feared them, stringing em up might just get me killed. And yes, these savages have no qualms about killing thier own. Which is another reason why dealing with it now is better than letting it fester and letting these people who have to live amongst this suffer in my opinion.
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
I believe we must continue to carry the fight directly to the extremists. We must take direct action to combat them otherwise we abandon our citizens and our other interests to the extremists and allow them to operate against us at their leisure. We cannot allow that.
However, it is our very recent use of big stick/cowboy militaristic tactics in the Middle East (as well as our past addiction to influencing the governments of other nations to our way of thinking regardless of the costs to the people of those nations) that have hindered our ability to actually gain significant ground on the core issues behind the formation and growth of extremist terror cells.
Now I realize I'm going to garner the cat calls of the "you liberals just want to blame America" and that's fine. It's typical ignorant group think like that which keeps partisan politics alive and well here at DP and abroad. But the fact is that America does have a long standing historical stake in the way things have unfolded in the Middle East (as well as many other regions of the world). We are not solely to blame of course, much of Europe as well as the Middle Eastern governments themselves share equally in the credit for what has become of the Middle East. All were forces in shaping the region and fertilizing the ground for growth of extremist elements. The invasion of Iraq was just the culmination of decades of ignorance or simple disregard for the geopolitical dynamics of the region. It was going to be our way or the highway. We were right, they were wrong. However we weren't really right and our actions gave birth to a whole new generation of extremists.
We aren't just fighting an idealism, we are fighting the ghosts of past failures as well. The idealism is a very real dynamic of this "War on Terror" in that it is a primary fuel for what drives our enemy and we, as Americans...as Westerners...cannot defeat it. WE CANNOT DEFEAT IT. It's not tangible, we cannot bomb it away. It has to die out though moderate evolution of the geopolitical situation in the region. Take a look at the mentality of Al Qaeda for prima facia evidence of what I say. They took years to plot, plan, train, and finally execute their attacks. We not only have long standing, deep rooted terror cells acting out...we have a whole new class of recruits that are just as motivated to kill and destroy. They can look back out our history, the history they know (not what we are contented to tell ourselves about ourselves) and find plenty of reason to lash out. We trained and supported men who exploited their own people for the benefit of themselves and their paymasters...the U.S. and Europe. Combine this history with the very real and very distinct religious differences of the region and you have some extremely volatile ingredients...that we ignored. That we continue to gloss over and not talk about because it "undermines the war effort" and it's "liberal apologistics."
We are right in taking the fight to our enemy, they are trying to kill us. But we cannot continue to walk around with this cowboy swagger and simply say "**** 'em, bring it on!" We have to act with discretion, we have to act with caution, and we have to make sure we get it right. We cannot afford to continue making monumental blunder in foreign policy at the tip of a bayonet.
Being a patriot is loving one's country and doing what is best for it. Self-examination and coming to terms with our past transgressions is the only way we can ever hope to not repeat those mistakes in the future. That is not being "un patriotic" yet it's very frequently inferred. The invasion of Iraq was not all that long ago when you compare that time line to the backdrop of our historical involvement in Middle Eastern affairs. At some point we as a nation have got to stand up to the hawks among us who decry "patriotism" and shout down those that don't agree with them calling them "traitor, terrorist sympathizers, and apologists." It's not a conservative/liberal or Republican/Democrat thing. It's an American thing and we've got to get a hold of it or we can look forward to decades more of the same old same old.
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Yes, but dealing with it now doesn't in any way encompass how to neutralize the threat posed. I know you realize that we have to approach this thing from multiple angles, I just don't understand why you don't express this more.Which is another reason why dealing with it now is better than letting it fester and letting these people who have to live amongst this suffer in my opinion.
We can still be right, and we can still be the good guys...and we can still manage to accept and own up to our own failings in the situation.
Last edited by Lerxst; 01-10-09 at 05:37 PM.