I don�t know why people on this board call me a liberal. I�ve decided that most of my criticisms of Dubya�s policy on Iraq are more conservative than not. And I am not alone.
Dubya and his radical crew have alienated old friends. They�ve been rude and crude. They�ve treated diplomacy with contempt. They�ve been amazingly cavalier toward key military allies. They�ve trashed international institutions dating back to World War II. They�ve dissed their elders in the Pentagon, the State Department and elsewhere.
A conservative handling of the crisis would have paid attention to the economy, built a coalition, demanded common-sense evidence of Iraq aid to Al-Qaida. A traditional conservative would be asking tougher questions about democratizing the Middle East. It was a popular conservative idea until lately, certainly in the South, to mock �nation building� as impractical. Yet now Dubya plans to turn Mesopotamia � which hasn�t known 10 minutes of democracy in 5,000 years � into Missouri.
They want Iraq�s �people� to enjoy Iraq�s oil. Power to the people!! They want to liberate Iraq�s Kurds and Shiites. Wall Street be damned!!! Forget the national debt! Do it alone if necessary!! To hell with British public opinion. Sounds like the liberals to me.
This is conservatism? No. It�s more like some dreamy, prickly, self-pitying country-and-western song.
They don't need to beat them to death, just tie them up agaist a pole, and put a bag on their head under 90+ degrees of heat -- until they confess, or remain that way. See the picture on the newspaper about the torture of capatives.
"Saddam and Kim both starve their own people. Saddam emerses his enemies in acid that slowly tortures them to death."
Yeah, and all we do is beat captured prisoners to death within two hours of receipt of them in Afghanistan. Happened in December at Bargram Air Base. According to the Army, "The investigation does not look good for us."
I've had my fill of this War Rhetoric--and who is right and who is wrong!!
The whole world is screwed up, OK. Everybody has an agenda!
There's enough blame to throw around everywhere!
Now let's get on with discussing other stuff!
Web had it right! It doens't matter what we think, we now have to deal with the ramifications, and the Prayer!
Based on your charactization of GWB, just how would you catagorize Saddan Hussien and Kim Il Jong II?
GWB states that we will do (as we have done before) all in our power to spare both innocents and surrendering combatants)
Saddam and Kim both starve their own people.
Saddam emerses his enemies in acid that slowly tortures them to death.