Well, we’re definitely in it for the long haul… or at least until the next election. President Bush made the rather definitive statement that “The enemy in Iraq believes America will run … America will never run.“
This despite the fact, of course, that casualties after hostilities were declared over have topped the number of deaths during the war. I don’t know, that seems pretty hostile to me. If the Bush-led invasion insists on continuing to spend our tax dollars on a losing proposition, at least admit that the war ain’t over. Otherwise, Joe 6-pack will feel like he’s paying for… for what? No Saddam, no WMD… no even WmD’s (Weapons of minor Destruction), and no mention of Osama bin Laden since who even knows when. It’s gotten to the point where it’s hard to even remember what we are doing there in the first place. With no clear link to 9/11, it has nothing to do with that. With gas prices still unreasonably high, it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with that. It’s as if I’d just blathered on for 45 minutes, you looked at me slowly blinking, and said, “I’m sorry, what was the question?”
But I digress. Actually, I don’t… I would have to have some main topic to be digressing from; which I don’t. So to continue: In that same article referenced above, Bush was quoted as saying (to the cheers of the assembly):
Freedom is not America’s gift to the world … freedom is the Almighty’s gift to everybody who lives in this world.
Bush may be interested to know, however, that there are only two native Christians in all of Iraq… maybe three tops. He may not be wanting to throw around the Almighty’s name so much when justifying his killings, as I would suppose that would be fairly insulting to those followers of Islam.
Bush makes me sad.
At any rate, curiosity compels me to ask those of you on the Right… or even those of you on the Left who support the war… to let me know what your thoughts are considering the current state of affairs. An average of 3 or 4 Americans (or our Allies) seem to die every day in Iraq; a level of attrition that may not be all that impressive statistically, but I would assume there are some now childless mothers and fathers that would argue differently. There are no WMD’s. There have been few significant gains in the hunt for Osama or Saddam. There has been no perceptible drop in acts of terrorism (sure we’re catching more terrorists, but then terrorism has also risen on account of our dropping unprovoked bombs on people’s heads. It’s all relative).
So how do you war-supporters feel? Do you still back the war? Do you back the war for different reasons? Do you concede that we maybe shouldn’t have done this but still support it now that we’re knee-deep in it? Have you switched sides all together? Inquiring minds want to know..