Mr. Hessite may be an intellectual pipsqueak, but you, Tigerman, though often disappointingly partisan, are not. Your response is an empty and reflexive recitation of the Bush regime’s talking points–surely you don’t actually believe that? The evidence that Bush and the people responsible for going into Iraq quite clearly did not put a lot of thought into the whole operation is overwhelming. As is the worsening situation there, which sadly looks more and more like the inevitable march to civil war. Hopefully I’m wrong. If the current administration had put even a modicum of thought into winning the peace, which, after all, is what this is all about, chances are Iraq wouldn’t be such a quagmire today.
Alfred E. Neuman could have led the US forces to their initial “victory” in March of 2003 against such an emaciated country as Iraq. But Bush’s “what, me worry?” policy over the last two years has proven disastrous. My Iraqi acquaintances here were guardedly optimistic about the future of their country back in 2003, and even talked about going back to help with the reconstruction.
But now? They don’t want to talk about it.[/quote]
Now I think too little. Only time will reveal what Bush’s legacy will be although it seems quite clear that inciting hatred is not a good idea for a country like the USA. The USA will soon be so encumbered by paying war reparations, trying too prevent another 9/11, etc. that it will no longer be viable. China, on the other hand, altough it has the capability to enter into war, seems to be wiser. Prosperity and peace go hand in hand.