I 'preciate the props, Jet, but I think my argument will only become stronger with time.
It got some unlikely support from Senator Richard Lugar, the staunch conservative from Hoosier country, over the weekend, when he stated very plainly that the former Soviet republics constitute a far higher threat source of WMDs (or, in the hands of Karl Rove, Weapons of Mass Distraction
)than Iraq ever did.
So let's check off what so far has come to pass:
___ --- Found a thriving bioweapons/chemical weapons/nuclear program
___ --- Brought Saddam to Justice
_X_ --- 'Liberated' a bunch of people who really didn't like us to begin with
_X_ --- Got Iraqi oil flowing again, making gas stations safe again for grateful US voters.
From that article:
"(Signifigant oil price drop is) a definite possibility that could be just a few weeks away," said Tom Logsdon, a senior member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers charged with repairing Iraq's oilfields.
So there's a senior member of the Army Corp. charged with repairing Iraqi oilfields? Where's the "senior member" charged with repairing Iraqi hospitals, schools, police stations, supermarkets...with directing traffic in the cities, restoring power, answering medical emergencies?
From that article:
When Marines helped pull down a bronze statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Baghdad 12 days ago, Rafeh Mohammed took to the street and cheered the legions of American troops pouring into the city to end Hussein's three-decade rule.
"We were so happy," he said. "We were being liberated from a dictator. We thought life was surely going to get better."
Today, Mohammed is a bitter man. "The Americans," sniffed the 32-year-old trader, "have failed us."
Mohammed is incensed that U.S. troops, during their first few days in Baghdad, did little to stop the wave of looting that eviscerated nearly every government building in the city, including the national library and a museum housing 5,000-year-old antiquities. He also is livid that the U.S. military has not yet restarted power, water and trash-collection service across the city.
Granted, this young man might be asking for too much too soon....but perhaps if we had thought through these things as intensely as how quickly we could get the oil industry to the first stages of rebuilding, we might not have left a sour taste in this guy's mouth(and I don't doubt many like him)so soon. One that could make our time in Iraq far longer than it should be.
Look, I understand, Jet. The American sense of right and decency can only take so much before it starts tuning out the uglier truths.....before the everyday mental laziness of our culture is far preferable a refuge than actually thinking through the unpleasant things being done in our name. About my opinion, I'm told time and time again on here "Give it up". I won't, and you know that.
Our numbed dependency on that sticky crap under the sands of a very bassackwards part of the world brought us Gulf War I, 9/11, Gulf War II
and God knows what else to come. If my bitching breaks even a tiny shred through that battleship armor of denial in you or anyone else, then more's the reason to bitch and bitch again.