Normal Speed - ordinarily I am a conservative republican. Look at the word "conservative" and tell me exactly what part of the Iraq invasion can be considered a "conservative" action.
I don't defend the left...I don't defend the right. In other words, I don't fall in a party line and spout "this war is great, the French suck and we will kick Saddams butt" mantra. When my party is right, I back them. When they are not, I vocalize my displeasure with them. I feel that they are very very wrong in this action. I believe that while we most likely WILL kick Saddams ass, we will be so far from "winning" that it isn't funny.
The Arab world already hated us, they don't support our actions, and IMHO, Bush has opened the door to even more terror attacks on US soil with this war to "defeat terrorism". I think the whole world (even the Arab world) can see how we are turning a blind eye on the primary backers of the 9/11 attacks. Going after a country (no...going after a PERSON) because they "might" sell WMD to terrorist groups, even though there are no direct links to Hussein and terror attacks on the USA, when you've got cold, hard evidence pointing to our "friends", the Saudi's and you don't do squat to them except allow them to vocalize how THEY don't approve of our actions in Iraq.
I disprove of the premise of this "Operation Iraqi Freedom"...we didn't give a rats ass about the oppression of the Iraqi people before...why is it worth American lives now? Is freeing the Iraqi people a prerequsite to ending terror in the world? IMHO, Bush got the Congress to approve the use of military force to bring the perpetrators behind 9/11 to justice. I fully supported that. But he hijacked that authority to use in what I believe to be a personal vendetta against Saddam Hussein. It certainly does NOTHING to bring the perpetrators of 9/11 any closer to "justice".
Finally, I really REALLY despise turning on my radio (part of the "liberal media") to hear a bunch of guys who HAVE NEVER WORN THE UNIFORM OF
THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, indeed many who were just as guilty of "dodging the draft" as the president (Clinton) they despised, spouting off like a bunch of great military strategists, and who view the front line soldier as little more than a "toy". I guarantee you that if you put Limbaugh, Hannity or O'reilly on the front lines, they'd shit all over themselves. But it's easy to be a hawk from a comfy studio in New York. All because they are following the "party line" of supporting this war.
in summation - I think for myself. My tendencies are conservative, and I believe that my view on this war is far more conservative than the conservative president sitting in the white house.