The fact that surprised me, was that we didn't go after the man who attacked our country, your country... a mere 11,000 troops in his homeland of afghanistan 1 month after the attacks gave him a lot of time to hide, and we still wouldn't find him because 11,000 troops isn't enough AT ALL.
At very first, we were lucky to get that many troops into position. Let me put it into perspective along with the below statement you made...It took six months of Desert Shield for 100 hrs of Desert Storm in 1991. Let's face it, the US military is still cumbersome and bulky...a product of the cold war. This is why the Iraq war was a guaranteed failure with or without WMD. Our troops movements were fully announced on CNN. Saddam KNEW the 200,000 US troops were being moved around, and he KNEW that such a movement simply because of the cost, would mean that those troops WOULD be deployed. And it took us quite a LONG time to move those troops. Here's an analogy, you are a cocaine dealer (Saddam) and you have 180 kilos of cocaine (WMD). You see the cops (US military) move into position and surround your house. You even see the news on cable access TV
(CNN) coming from city hall (The UN). The city council wants a warrant (Weapons Inspectors). The mayor (Dubya) wants to haul your ass in.
It takes six months for the SWAT
team (US military) to move into position. That statement should answer why we didn't start off with a huge # of troops in Afghanistan. Now, here's my critique of the war. If you have six months till the fully visible SWAT
team makes its move (Bush even gave a timed ultimatum so Saddam even knew WHEN the war would start), are you going to sit on the cocaine (WMD) and let the cops catch you with it? HELL NO!
You're going to flush it all down the toilet. And when the cops come in with no warrant, and now, no evidence...they won't look so popular in the neighborhood no will they?
So we screwed that up, and then we went in with 135,000 troops into Iraq, something that didn't have any say in 9/11...
hmmm, well, read my above for that.
We DID NOT retaliate for the attacks on our country... We might have captured 500 *people* (innocent until proven guilty) and sent them off to Gitmo... but the guy that attacked, is still alive... WHY???
This I disagree with. While Al Qaida and the Taliban are still a threat to stability in Afghanistan, we did in fact knock them from power...ever heard the expression "the bear is just as afraid of you as you are of him"? Well, the Taliban and Al Qaida have quite the quandary with 11,000 infidels who've driven them from power into the mountains.
The Afghan war was just and necessary. Iraq, is the opposite of that.
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