Andrew, complaining about costs and lives lost is indeed
If today's media were present during World War II, the outcome would have been very different. To use another example, look at Vietnam and the effect of political influences on our troops. Pressure from home caused withdrawn support and the fight against communism crumbled, causing massive and unnecessary American deaths and prevented what could have been a successful, democratic and free nation.
By citing dollar amounts and casualty numbers, and calling for a timetable of "withdrawal," do we not risk the same terrible outcome for the struggling, fledgling democracy that is underway in Iraq?
Instead, as you have said, Andrew, we should support our troops completely. We should not only value their service and outstanding commitment to the values of this great country, but also champion the work that they have been commanded to accomplish.
The irresponsibility shown towards our troops during the
Vietnam War was despicable and should not be repeated in
Iraq. We should not seek ways to back out quietly, but rather
strive to validate the lives that are laid on the line by
ensuring that the job is finished completely.
Iraq Survey Group's results are dubious at best because
they were subject to countless deceptions by Saddam's regime.
Why the elaborate measures of deception by Saddam and his
cronies if nothing existed?
And why would the United Nations feel the need to pass Resolution 1441 calling for military action if Saddam did not comply?
The fact is that Saddam Hussein condoned suicide bombings, constantly carried out terrorist acts against his own people and ran numerous terrorist training camps. To pretend that he was innocent and America had no business invading a tranquil, blameless regime is na´ve and ignorant.
Despite how irresponsible you might think it is to cut taxes, the American people have elected a conservative government for the last eight years because we are tired of the government thinking they are better stewards of our money.
Tax cuts have proven time and again to benefit the economy tremendously, demonstrated by the boom during the Clinton years caused by Reagan's economic policies and the current economic success that Bush's policies have helped sustain.
I agree that the government has severe appropriations problems.
Increasing the Pentagon's budget would be the first thing on my list if I were in office, and I would fund that increase with cuts to overrated organizations such as the EPA, NPR and worthless groups such as the National Endowment of the Arts.
I find it disturbing that you think America can buy our freedom. The view that maybe if we spend just a little more money, our troops can stay home, and hey, maybe we won't need them anymore, is very dangerous.
In an age of looming terrorism, we need our servicemen and women more than ever. We cannot remove ourselves from the politics of the Middle East simply by achieving energy independence (although that is very important).
It is, after all, the most volatile region in the world, generating the most dangerous people in the world. Instead of playing Switzerland and pretending we don't have dangerous enemies that hate us, we must be more involved than ever with world politics, especially the Middle East.
The keys to securing a bright future for this generation include sound economic policies that give the people priority over their money rather than the government and a strong foreign policy that fights terrorism wherever it hides and provides full support for democracy worldwide.