If Iraq under Saddam Hussein posed no threat to the United States, and if no WMDs existed, and if there were no terrorist connections, and if current American efforts in Iraq are fruitless and detrimental, then we should pull out, apologize to the world and cease our meddling foreign policy.
Except the "ifs" in the above statement are very wrong.
Andrew, your problem is typical of Democrats. Your entire philosophy is based on the twin assertions that "Bush lied!" and that "there are no WMDs!" You also depend on the mainstream media as the source for your information and base your opinion of the world on what they tell you.
Again, the space in this forum is hardly enough to completely develop this, but I will give you a quick overview of the truth.
The U.S. government recently declassified a large number of documents concerning Saddam's WMD program, terrorist connections and intentions of violence towards the U.S. In these documents, the Iraqi Intelligence Service carries out a large scale deception effort in an attempt to hide their programs from weapons inspectors.
also describe the transferal and destruction of WMD documents.
If nothing existed, why waste all that time and effort?
The claim that Iraq under Saddam "had little if anything
to do with terrorism" is hard to defend when Saddam terrorized
his own people on a daily basis, gassed the Kurds and routinely
More incriminating is the Fedayeen terrorist training camps,
payments made to families of Palestinian suicide bombers
and a statement in one of the released documents illustrating
the goal of the bombers: "to strike American Interests."
On Feb. 19, 1995, an official Iraqi representative met with the illustrious Osama bin Laden with approval from Saddam in order to discuss "carrying out joint operations against foreign forces."
Andrew, two of your three suggested goals for the new Iraq are already in progress, and we have already transferred sovereignty to a functional, elected government with a ratified constitution.
The media projection that American forces are cruel and heartless (shown by the overreaction to the Abu Ghraib incident) would lead to the conclusion that we are a "detriment to the people," but the fact is that random criminal acts do not broadly demonstrate the effect of our presence in Iraq.
If we continue the work that is being done in Iraq, the free nation will indeed be a beacon to the region. If we continue to politicize the war and give up Vietnam-style, the effects will be disastrous.
I am thankful that our founding fathers did not give up "digging," or else we would not be able to participate in this discussion.