>>"Yeah right ... Remember during the first Gulf war when Dubyas dad said " no more Vietnams " and Cheney said "we are not going to send American troops to war without a exit plan" I wonder what changed ???
9/11 changed that mindset. Up until that point, terrorism was a law-enforcement deal and was not the military's problem. Everyone should know by now that we did not go into Kuwait to 'free them' either; we went cuz Saddam took over our Saudi oil supply. The difference now is that Operation Enduring Freedom is not about oil. It is certainly not about freeing dying Iraq's most of who died 10 years ago when the nation did not care as whole. It is about terrorism, it got bad over the years, it came to our doorstep and now we are all para-the-fucking-noid of it. It really came outta nowhere!
Have you heard the old saying about how people may have good intentions but not have good actions? I think when we went into Iraq last year, our intent was to prevent another 9/11; I think we set the stage for another [by accident.] For God's sake, our military is trained to defend/offend; they are not a peacekeeping force. Keeping the peace was never our military's job, hence why Bush announced the end of the war a looong time ago.
Unfortunately, since we have not had another 9/11 since the first, I think most people are entering the 'taken for granted' stage and are not thinking we are in danger anymore so they think about themselves; job, health, etc. Maybe after watching the war on TV
and reading about the aftermath people will realize this is not over. Most people are bandwagoneers; chances are they thought it was cool to be patriotic and now it is a tagline.
Sadly, I think we 'need' another 9/11 to occur to rejuvenate this country's alignment. Seriously, when has there ever been a time when the country was united? (The first moon landing was part of the Cold War race with the Soviets). I think, again sadly, some officials
in this Admin felt the same going into Iraq. That does not make them guilty of anything; just I think some may have thought that way. Freedom does have a price and in an economy, supply and demand rule, which applies to terrorism.
Think of terrorism like virus. You can either get rid of it and never see it again, or reduce its affects that will eventually return. If you wanted to make profits in a business, would you make a cure or a pain reliever? Ten years ago there were five companies making flu vaccines, now there are two. Why? There is not much money in the vaccine business. We need some kind of threat to keep our military active, for the economy.
How many spin-offs of technology can you name that occurred in relation to 9/11 and terrorism that went to both private citizens and law enforcement? More people are buying guns, homeowners are getting security systems, even some are getting biological/chemical/radiation protection for their walls, etc. There are hundreds of thousand of product available that go into our economy because of this threat. I do not want to sound sadistic; Bush is a genius, it is as if we are in another Cold War. It does not matter who is President, as long as there is terrorism, the economy will grow. How many times has trading slipped under Ashcroft's claims of pending danger, do not tell me the economy is not affected.
Hate doesn't end, it can be but who really wants it to? We as citizen do not want to be targeted, but that is the beauty of it. We will make purchases to protect ourselves physically and internet wise, where does that money go? Banks, Hotels, the government as a whole will do the same, who benefits? We will become a bigger superpower than we are, because we took advantage of an enemy.
We could have gotten Osama in Afghanistan, once you take out someone's leader; their loyalty only lasts as long as there is news about a rumored capture. This martyr crap only works if the image of the dead is kept alive. It would have been the end of Islamic terrorism that which can have the capability to attack the USA mainland by about 2006 and it wouldn't reoccur for another 20 years. Some "kid who's father died grows up to kick our ass" -type thing.
On the other hand, we can have a steady flow of fear and capital. Look China is going to become a larger economy than we are in 20 years we need something to compete with.
Psh, what has changed? You've got to be blind!
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