"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
The story was bought "tooth and nail" by those persons influenced by the USA Mass Media. Gee, probably just a coincidence. I wonder if NP has been keeping in touch with his Mass Media. Absolutely!
Probably not in the end. I would have preferred we actually got an oil deal out of it. That being said, containment was not going to last as a viable policy for much longer. Not many people on any side were in favor of what it was doing or not doing.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
Absolutely if you apply the same principles as were applied with Hitler and Germany
We are all trying to figure out how to cut hundreds of billions out of our deficit but we let $2T pass as an acceptable cost for getting rid of a two-bit dictator? I may cross reference those that voted "yes" this was worth it with those that feign outrage over today's debt and deficit. I think the two positions are almost irreconcilable.
It depends on what you're referring to.
Was it painful to the United States, having lost thousands upon thousands of brave soldiers? Was it premised on a falsehood? Did it hurt our economy, definitely leading up to the recession? Did civilians die? Did turmoil threaten the new Iraq? Yes. If we look at those things alone, then invading Iraq was the wrong choice.
But if we look at the bigger picture, this may not be so. One of the most brutal despots in history was deposed and punished. Nobody should need to be told what kind of a person Saddam Hussein was. He gassed whole towns that were under his rule, leaving women and children dead in the empty streets, women and children that he had a duty to protect as their ruler, but instead cruelly murdered them to protect his own power. He would invade countries in order to avoid paying off his debt. He was a fascist under the banner of Baathism - Arab fascism. He had no issue violating international laws. He probably did not have WMDs, but he sure as hellfire wanted them, and would have no qualms about using them on a civilian population. Did he originally have support from the US? Yes, but that was under the notoriously unethical Reagan administration, which also funded fascists in Nicaragua.
But now he's gone. There is one less dictatorship in the world, and one more democracy. The Kurds in Iraq no longer have to fear for their lives at the hands of their own government. Those American soldiers did not die in vain. We did not establish economic rule over oil in Iraq, which leads me to believe there could have been another issue at hand, but Bush could have discarded the idea in the middle of the invasion. Now a whole nation has been liberated and its people able to control their own destiny. Sacrifices had to be made, but the fruits of those sacrifices still have yet to be seen. Our duty now is to give the Iraqi people a fair chance at self-government, and watch to make sure Iran doesn't stick its hand and destroy everything that Americans fought for.
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