Monday, August 08, 2005
Time to Come Home
The war in Iraq is spiraling out of control and is doing little to staunch the flow of terrorism outside the middle east. As evidenced by the July 7 bombings in London and again with the failed attempts on the 21st of July in the same city, we are having little impact on the radicalism that is fostered by fundamentalist Islamists. Mr. Bush's belief that "We need to fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" is naive at best.
The war in Iraq is draining this country of our financial and moral resources. More and more Americans are becoming disenchanted with the Administration's policies in Iraq. A recent poll taken over the last week indicated the President's ratings with regard to the handling of the war in Iraq have fallen below 40 percent approval. The President is on the verge of "losing the nation" as Johnson did over Viet Nam. From a financial perspective, all one has to do is look at the counter at the top of this blog and see how much money we've poured into the war. One has to question the value of our investment. Has this money made us safer? I would argue no. Iraq, at the start of the war in 2003 was no more able to strike this country than it is today. It is ironic, that prior to 2003, Iraq and it's admittedly despicable leadership had killed less Americans in the period from the Gulf War in the early 1990's until this war was launched by the current President. Now, with over 1800 American soldiers dead, and several coalition soldiers lost as well, we are nowhere closer to a liberated, democratic Iraq than we were when we invaded. Don't believe me? Then just consider that when the Iraqis publish and and then ratify their constitution it will be based on Sharia, or Islamic law coming from the Q'uran. This is a radically conservative move to the right for most Iraqis and especially for Iraq's women. Want to know what the government will look like? Simply look eastward towards Tehran. Since the revolution of 1979, a theocracy has ruled the day in Iran. Strict adherence to Sharia has been enforced by the ruling clerics. The majority of Iran's population are Shiite Muslims. The majority of Iraq's population are Shiite Muslims. Already, during the early days of the current government, there have been significant altercations between Sunni and Shiite politicians regarding the make-up and structure of the new government. If and when the new constitution is ratified, then we will most likely be the mid-wife to a new, radical theocracy in the middle east, this time with the second largest supply of the world's oil reserves.
Americans would be better served by taking the $5 Billion dollars a month we are spending in Iraq and bring it home to focus on "homeland security". As shown by the terrorists in London (British terrorists I might add), all the effort in Iraq has not deterred Al Qaeda in its efforts to inflict destruction on the West. Let us figure a way to spend these resources on securing the homeland versus wasting it in Iraq. It is time to realize that we've wasted lives in Iraq and by wasting more, we will not achieve our aims. Ho Chi Minh once said "You will kill 10 of our men and we will kill 1 of ours, but we will still be here when you leave". These insurgents aren't going to leave. We will. They know it and we know it. So I say, the sooner the better.