They've decided to copy the Democrats.
They're usually reliable for national defense issues....the only part of a budget the Democrats can see to cut is defense.
They're usually good for tax cuts....but never have the needed numbers or power of will to cut the spending that would make the most difference.
That's two issues more than the Democrats can claim.
Not much, I admit.
It's why I'm not a Republican.
The war was authorized by Congress. The Constitution doesn't actually say what form a declaration of war must have. Quibble away. I would say our intentions were plain enough to satisfy the requirements of the Constitution, since the Congress authorized the attack.
You can't have an "occupational war". The occupation comes after the major conflict was settled, as happened in Iraq. Sure, more US troops died in the occupation than in the war. Doesn't change the meanings of the words.
Certainly if you looked only at the reasons presented to the American people by Bushco, you'd not see anything that screamed "gotta act NOW!".
And agreed, IMO we shouldn't have invaded Iraq at that time.
There were real reasons, unpublished reasons, to invade Iraq. We needed troops on Iran's western border. We have troops in Iran's western border. Thus we don't have to rely on the good graces of unstable Pakistan to put pressure in Iran. Oh. You're aghast. But that's how strategic planning works.
Because Bush wasn't competent, the Iraqi operation was screwed up, and the effectiveness of the force on Iran's border is compromised. Don't listen to President Obama...we're keeping troops in Iraq for the foreseeable future...unless he's a bigger disaster than even I can see him being.
Finally...even though I correctly state we shouldn't have invaded Iraq, the Democrats, rank and file and the major politicians as well, were unutterably and completely wrong in their actions after they voted to engage in war. Once we had troops on the ground in harm's way, our options disappeared and the mission of the political leaders was to ensure those men received 150% of the support they needed to get the job those leaders ordered them to do. The Democrats hurt those men by their constant political backstabbing tactics, and that's unforgiveable.
Then we should drill our own oil, we have enough, and become energy self-sufficient so we can begin once again to afford to ignore what the outside world is doing to itself, because if we're energy sefl-sufficient, our major needs in the world are satisfied without having to go outside and interact with them.
The BIGGEST harm the Democrats have done to the US in the last thirty years is their opposition to any sensible energy plan involving exploitation of domestic energy resources. We've no new nuclear plants, no new refineries, no signifivant new drilling, nada, yet our energy needs grow every year, as does our population. It's no wonder our economy tanked.
Guess what's going to happen in your lifetime?
Only Republicans and Democrats will be elected President.