The choice isn't as binary as that. There are a plethora of things we can and should be doing short of sending troops back to Baghdad. I support intervention but I don't think it's necessary to send troops right now.
The problem is both parties are in bed with their corporate interests, Wall Street Firms, special interests, lobbyist, etc. Where do you think Romney and Obama got a billion dollars each to spend on their campaigns?
Here is some, breakdown by sector:
Barack Obama (D)
Communications/ Electronics $20,723,578
Energy & Natural Resources $2,410,062
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $20,431,321
Lawyers & Lobbyists $27,959,192
Misc Business $22,598,697
Ideological/ Single-Issue $17,276,836
Mitt Romney (R)
Communications/ Electronics $7,518,745
Energy & Natural Resources $9,788,922
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $58,902,452
Lawyers & Lobbyists $15,791,881
Misc Business $29,090,785
Ideological/ Single-Issue $10,522,878
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Originally Posted by The Mark
Completely, or even mostly, agreeing with Obama and his policies, is insane.
Completely, or even mostly, disagreeing with Obama and his policies, is ALSO insane.
As with anything, absolutes are absolutely unacceptable. And yes I know that contradicts itself.
I think that rejection of absolutism is the only area in which absolutism should be used. :P
I don't really know if we should or should not put troops back in Iraq. Or even whether we should support them without deploying troops on the ground.
I suspect that the only way to really stabilize the region would be to separate it into several "states", with majority Shia, Sunni, or Kurd residents in each - it would appear that any one faction having majority control (as seemingly took place when we were helping) is a bad idea.
It's kinda like if republicans and democrats were willing to kill and terrorize each other in order to advance their position. The Kurds are the independents, centrists, and such, sitting in their territory shaking their heads. And keeping the democrats and republicans out.
Terrible analogy I know.
So far as I can tell, however, thought processes are just DIFFERENT in that country...hell maybe the region.
They don't have the same priorities that I have, it would seem...
What makes everyone think that these Islamic terrorists would accept a three state solution even if Malicai agreed? They are already talking Lebanon and Jordon and beyond....
Yes, Republicans and the Tea Party have essentially tried to make themselves the antithesis of Obama in every way possible and abandoning ideology entirely in favor of corporate interests. That does not mean that we on the left should become Obama apologists.
Well, I don't think those of us on the 'left' are obliged to do the Right wing's work for them. Obama has never been a left wing democrat, especially not on foreign policy issues. Had he been on the Far Left, I wouldn't have voted for him. Neither would a hell of a lot of other 'slightly Liberal' voters either.
"Groups with guitars are on the way out, Mr. Epstein"