This is all about securing the Middle East and making sure our oil supplies are not compromised by a recalcitrant Iraqi regime or others.
And, uh, what is the problem with that?
The reason the French, Russian and Germans were against a war was because they will miss out on the bounty on rebuilding and running Iraq.
Actually, that's part of it Mx5_boy. The other part was that they had a lot of $$ tied up in contracts signed with Saddam Hussein that will now be null and void, most likely, with the soon-to-be new government there. It's a double whammy.
I had thought, up till recently, that Russia would be allowed to participate in the reconstruction, as well as Germany, and the UN. But if these assertions about GPS jammers are true, and if Putin doesn't squash that one, they'll be left in cold just as I'm sure France willl be.
Yesterday the President asked Congress for 80 billion. That'll pay they price tag. For 30 days. Beyond that, the White House is still recklessly using the "who knows" method of budgeting.
If you think we're flirting with deficit disaster simply for principle and to take out a few chemical weapon artillery shells, you're nuts.
Agree with both those points, Heavymetal. The idiotic stance of the President and the GOP to "pay" for this war by piling up more deficits was a political move, meant to appease the maniacle "no-new-taxes" nuts of the far right. Yet it will further damage the economy, which, in the long run, could seal Bush's fate if it doesn't improve.
As for the second question, I don't have any illusions like the French that they were in this ONLY out of love and concern for the Iraqi people. There are ALWAYS lots of other motives involved.
It's about oil
Again, Heavymetal, if it were about oil, we'd have taken the whole region intact in 1991. It's partly about oil-the fact tht oil prices haven't skyrocketed is that Iraq wasn't able to destroy most of the wells there. So in that context, it is about oil.