do you think we'll friggin stick it out and do the job right this time?
i would have much less of a problem with going to war if i believed that the job would actually be completed. it wasn't in the gulf war. we stomped on some stuff, and it took them a few years to rebuild. so now they're more pissed than before. whoopee.
i'm no expert, but it seems to me we need to disable their ability to re-arm and keep it that way, instead of disappearing. i think the current iraqi leadership has had ample chances to show that they are not a threat and has squandered them.
opinions? comments? i'm interested to see how many people think we should actively destroy not just the weapons, but the entire existing regime... should we play a hand in getting a new government set up? should we leave a military presence behind indefinitely? for how long? how much of one? is it more important to exert control there tahn to try not to piss off other countries in the region (countries that range from fairweather friendly to indifferent to good n pissed already?)
how bad is it that we're going without a UN stamp of approval? i see this as a separate issue from whether or not war is appropriate right now. it may be that bush is jumping the gun a bit, but i don't think the current UN would EVER okay a war, no matter how dire things got. so what do y'all see as the long-term ramifications of being the rabid pitbull that broke the UN leash?
my thread, my rules: let's not make personal attacks on bush. or any other politician. there's no point. i think the guy is kinda dumb, too. i hate some of the things he's done with respect to religion, abortion, tax cuts, etc. we all know how everyone here feels about the man personally already. but he is an effective president, and he's not thinking up this war on his own, his big ol' entourage of smart dudes is doing some or most of it. so, let's stick to what is being done, why it should or should not be done, what we think should be done instead, what the long-term consequences are. personal attacks are just going to make this thread stupid. and most of all, make you look like an idiot
EDIT: and no snide little rah-rah bush is the only man who can do it right crap, either. it makes you look even dumber sez me.