Revolving door of Iraq war reasoning-This time it's OIL

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Why do you think Iraq would erupt with anarchy?
With help from the outside, insurgents have not been mostly quashed. Removing outside assistance will only make the problem much worse.

How would you "protect and assist the fledgling government"?
Peacekeeping troops would seem the obvious thing for trying to maintain peace. It seems the experts think that drafting a constitution and trying to hold elections viewed as legitimate by the populace are a key step as well, and it sounds plausible to me.

How do we know if this is what they want?
It is clearly what some want. That governance is preferable to anarchy is an assumption.


I would hope that you have done some thinking on the topic...
But what thinking I have done on the topic is only relevant when I am trying to advocate a course of action. When you are advocating a course of action, then what thinking you have done is important.
 
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Hurkyl said:
With help from the outside, insurgents have not been mostly quashed. Removing outside assistance will only make the problem much worse.
Did you mean; mostly quashed or "not mostly quashed"

So the insurgents are now the enemy?

What happened to the terrorists?

The unemployed Iraqi men who patiently waited while the CPA bungled the occupation are the insurgents.

Reason #2 for the invasion when the pre-war hype was debunked. "We are there to free the Iraqi people".

Now the Iraqi people are our enemy because they are getting outside help and encouragement. It is their country and they believe they are fighting for it.

Why are we there again?

The Iraqi's have had it bad for a long time and now they are blaming us! The sad thing is they have good reason.

Hurkyl said:
Peacekeeping troops would seem the obvious thing for trying to maintain peace.
Is that what our troops are doing? Peace keeping?

Thomas J. Strickland, a sergeant in the Army National Guard, was killed in Iraq on Aug. 15 when his vehicle rolled into a canal. He had just returned from a brief leave. Two days before Strickland died, Raw Story reports, the 27-year-old resident of Douglasville, Ga., wrote the following on his blog:

The insurgency is on the rise in our area, with a most impressive coordinated assault on one of my sister FOBs (St. Joe) under their belt. Apparently they have enough folks and sophistication in my back yard where they can simultaneously place accurate mortar rounds on three seperate locations (at least 30k apart) to tie up any ground mounted quick reaction forces, as well as offer up multiple RPG strikes on the guard towers at Joe. These RPG attacks really bring out the QRF who face their own ambush as they come out the gate, at least 12 insurgents occupying buildings with an overwatch position to Joe's only entrance armed with more rpg's and small arms. The only possible responses are tanks or Apaches. Luckily we have both on call. 12 dead insurgents, destroyed buildings, a compromised FOB, sustained, accurate and unaswered indirect fire and lots o unanswered questions later... I'm here.
There is more that I can't post here but read it for yourself.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/rev_wayfarer/ [Broken]

Sure would have been nice to have a president who could have successfully gone to our allies, NATO, and the UN, so that our troops did not have to bear the brunt of the insurgency. Perhaps give the mission at least the cloak of legitimacy.

Why isn't the rest of the world helping in Iraq?

Because they would want some say in how things were managed. The egocentric bully that is our president would have none of that!

Hurkyl said:
It seems the experts think that drafting a constitution and trying to hold elections viewed as legitimate by the populace are a key step as well, and it sounds plausible to me.
That is the whole problem with the constitution. The Sunnis oppose it. Because of the Shia majority the Kurds made sure that it only takes 3 provinces to vote it down. The Sunnis have not been a part of the process in any meaningful way. They are now registering to vote so they can defeat it.

I wonder if Vegas is offering odds on it passing?

Hurkyl said:
But what thinking I have done on the topic is only relevant when I am trying to advocate a course of action. When you are advocating a course of action, then what thinking you have done is important.
The thinking that I have done leads me to believe that the administration has screwed this up so bad, that even had I agreed that we could establish a democratic Iraq that would be a close ally to the US, I would have to admit that the way it was carried out was a demonstration of how not to do it!The leadership in this country is at an all time low! Cindy Sheehan has demonstrated more leadership than the president of the United States!

Why was George Bush hyping the war yesterday when the city of New Orleans was being flooded?

Where are the Louisiana national guardsmen and all their equipment?

Until it becomes part of his agenda it doesn't seem to exist.

Don't need to finish those levees. Need that money for the "war on terror".

Global warming is a myth. Change the language in the reports from scientists to reflect the policy.

Need to invade and occupy Iraq. "Fix the intelligence and the facts to fit the policy."

A man goes to heaven and meets Saint Peter.
The man asks. "What are all the clocks for?"
St Peter says. "Everyone has a clock, and every time they tell a lie the hands move."
"Where is George W. Bush's clock?" asks the man.
"It is in Jesus's office" replies St. Peter
"He is using it for a fan." :wink:
:mad: I am mad as hell that this smirking chimp we call a president who has so ruined the country I love. :cry:
 
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Did you mean; mostly quashed or "not mostly quashed" ... What happened to the terrorists?
I meant what I wrote. To restate: "It is not the case that insurgents have been mostly quashed". It is also true that the terrorists haven't been quashed either.


So the insurgents are now the enemy?
Well, they are fighting to bring down the government and to rout coalition troops, aren't they?


Now the Iraqi people are our enemy
No, the insurgents. (And the terrorists)


Is that what our troops are doing? Peace keeping?
Well, yes. That is what it's called when troops are used to try and quell violence, isn't it?


That is the whole problem with the constitution. The Sunnis oppose it. Because of the Shia majority the Kurds made sure that it only takes 3 provinces to vote it down. The Sunnis have not been a part of the process in any meaningful way. They are now registering to vote so they can defeat it.
Nobody made a claim that the work on the constitution has been finished, or that it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.


I would have to admit that the way it was carried out was a demonstration of how not to do it!
How it was done is irrelevant to the issue of what to do now.
 
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No, I didn't misread the article. Terrorist would not be able to take control of the oil fields had we not invaded. The need to stay and protect the now endangered oil fields is a consequence of our own actions which Bush has finally acknowledged.
So....you do agree with me? :confused: :confused:

"Terrorist would not be able to take control of the oil fields had we not invaded."

Right, so how can that be a justification for starting the war in the first place? Its self-contradictory. edit: wait, does this involve Bush's time machine from the New Orleans thread? If Bush knew ahead of time that he wouldn't be able to control the oil fields 2 years after the invasion, he could justify the invasion on the basis of protecting the oil fields after the invasion.... er, um, wait a minute.... :uhh:

"The need to stay and protect the now endangered oil fields is a consequence of our own actions which Bush has finally acknowledged."

Right - a justification for staying, not a justification for invading Iraq in the first place.
 
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I agree, that too much is being made of this statement. It is not an admission, it is simply war propaganda. It was afterall a rah rah rah speech because support for his adventure is dwindling.

The reference to the oil was because oil is in the public consciousness right now due to the price of gasoline. With Autumn fast upon us soon the price of heating oil and natural gas will be an issue. It is also an opportunity to say that the Iraqi oil is important without admitting that it was the main reason for the invasion.
We're agreeing again. We must stop doing that.
 
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russ_watters said:
We're agreeing again. We must stop doing that.
It's is alright as long as we keep it to a minimum.
 
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The US went in for oil huh?
Have they bought it, barreled it, put it on a ship, or even so much as declared it their's?
Iraq's strongest economic base will be oil. If we are going to protect Iraq's interests then we definitely ought to keep an eye on their most plentiful resource for them and make sure it doesn't go up in flames.
So if the US just up and left Iraq right now are you saying that you all wouldn't be up on here moaning about the US screwing over Iraq by walking out and letting their government fall apart after we invaded them? It hardly matters what the US does at this point because anything and everything they do will be criticized. If their troops staid away from the oil and the oil was destroyed because of it everyone would moan about the US not protecting Iraq's interests like it should be. If the US protects their oil then they must be there to steal it from them. The US lets them make their own constitution and it doesn't turn out well it's the US's fault. The US gives them a constitution then they're opressing them.

I think that all of you who are *****ing about things not going right ought to start coming up with some solutions. The onus is on you. You don't think what is going on is the right way for things to go on then tell us what you think ought to be done. And sorry saying that the US shouldn't have invaded in the first place is no solution unless you can figure out how to build a time machine.
 
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The US went in for oil huh?
Have they bought it, barreled it, put it on a ship, or even so much as declared it their's?
Iraq's strongest economic base will be oil. If we are going to protect Iraq's interests then we definitely ought to keep an eye on their most plentiful resource for them and make sure it doesn't go up in flames.
So if the US just up and left Iraq right now are you saying that you all wouldn't be up on here moaning about the US screwing over Iraq by walking out and letting their government fall apart after we invaded them? It hardly matters what the US does at this point because anything and everything they do will be criticized. If their troops staid away from the oil and the oil was destroyed because of it everyone would moan about the US not protecting Iraq's interests like it should be. If the US protects their oil then they must be there to steal it from them. The US lets them make their own constitution and it doesn't turn out well it's the US's fault. The US gives them a constitution then they're opressing them.

I think that all of you who are *****ing about things not going right ought to start coming up with some solutions. The onus is on you. You don't think what is going on is the right way for things to go on then tell us what you think ought to be done. And sorry saying that the US shouldn't have invaded in the first place is no solution unless you can figure out how to build a time machine.
Why is the onus on those of us who opposed the war?

What was it Colin Powell said?

"You break it you own it."

I don't have a solution. The man I thought could possibly lead us out of this disaster was Wesley Clark. When he didn't get the nomination I swallowed and threw my support behind Kerry.

Of course if congress had listened to Wes Clark and not given this madman in the White House carte blanch to wage war as he saw fit, the weapons inspectors would have determined that there were no WMD or imminent threat, so Bush & Co. would have had to manufacture some other justification for invading and occupying Iraq.

And even if I had a solution, do you think he would listen?

Face it, he has screwed us all and the only option left to us is to voice our despair and outrage on PF. :frown:
 
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The US went in for oil huh?
Have they bought it, barreled it, put it on a ship, or even so much as declared it their's?
Iraq's strongest economic base will be oil. If we are going to protect Iraq's interests then we definitely ought to keep an eye on their most plentiful resource for them and make sure it doesn't go up in flames.
So if the US just up and left Iraq right now are you saying that you all wouldn't be up on here moaning about the US screwing over Iraq by walking out and letting their government fall apart after we invaded them? It hardly matters what the US does at this point because anything and everything they do will be criticized. If their troops staid away from the oil and the oil was destroyed because of it everyone would moan about the US not protecting Iraq's interests like it should be. If the US protects their oil then they must be there to steal it from them. The US lets them make their own constitution and it doesn't turn out well it's the US's fault. The US gives them a constitution then they're opressing them.

I think that all of you who are *****ing about things not going right ought to start coming up with some solutions. The onus is on you. You don't think what is going on is the right way for things to go on then tell us what you think ought to be done. And sorry saying that the US shouldn't have invaded in the first place is no solution unless you can figure out how to build a time machine.
Great post.

It's easy to sit back and criticize, but it doesn't fix things. I need to get a copy of something that was in a class I attended last week "because that's the way it is". It was great.

I didn't vote for Bush, don't like Bush, and disagree with everything that he does, but thanks to many "felluh Amerkins" I'm sitting in this boat. TSA is right, pulling out of Iraq right now would be an even worse disaster, there are too many corrupt self interest groups wanting to take control. We are in a bad situation, lets not make it worse with more knee jerk decisions.
 
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I think that all of you who are *****ing about things not going right ought to start coming up with some solutions.
We have been.

A year ago we were begging everyone to "Vote Kerry."

Remember?

We still are suggesting solutions. On another thread, someone suggested overthrowing the government. LOL. I don't personally think that this is a tenable idea, but you can't say people aren't throwing solutions around. My suggestion: Vote democrat. Even more importantly: work towards paper-trail verified balloting in your area. Demand it, sign petitions, raise awareness, and so on. That's my solution. First make *damn* sure we're getting the person in office that the people want.

BTW, the point of the OP was to (futilely) try to wake up those who refuse to see that the reason for the war keeps changing. I don't know if people really don't see it, or if they see it and don't care. Either possibility is scary.

Our reasons for going to Iraq will change again. It will be tied into Iran soon, we'll have to keep fighting in Iraq in order to prevent Iran from blah blah blah..... Iran was not an original reason for us to go to Iraq.

Neither was oil. Neither was "spreading democracy." Neither were a couple others that I forget. But everyone is so knee-jerk afraid that the muslims want to kill us all because we're the infidels, that we're hell bent on killing them first. So any morphing reason spouted by bush, feeds on that fear and gets licked up by a segment of the population.

Well, at least he's not a flip-flopper. He can change his reasons for invading a hundred times, but, you know, that's not "flip flopping." That's sticking to your guns. God bless him.

( :smile: OK, so maybe I'm a *little* bitter.)
 
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Why is the onus on those of us who opposed the war?

What was it Colin Powell said?

"You break it you own it."

I don't have a solution. The man I thought could possibly lead us out of this disaster was Wesley Clark. When he didn't get the nomination I swallowed and threw my support behind Kerry.

Of course if congress had listened to Wes Clark and not given this madman in the White House carte blanch to wage war as he saw fit, the weapons inspectors would have determined that there were no WMD or imminent threat, so Bush & Co. would have had to manufacture some other justification for invading and occupying Iraq.

And even if I had a solution, do you think he would listen?

Face it, he has screwed us all and the only option left to us is to voice our despair and outrage on PF. :frown:
Then why are you asking Hurkyl for solutions? He seems to believe that the way things are being handled are about as good as we can do (correct me if I'm wrong there Hurk). If you don't agree then you should have some ideas as to what should be done instead shouldn't you?

I'm not saying that the onus is on those that opposed the war. The war has happened. It's done. It's a non-issue now. Sorry let me correct that. Not a non-issue but a back burner issue for now. There's a mess that needs to be cleaned up. The resposability lies with those who got us into the mess. They are working on it, for better or worse. If you don't agree with the way things are going and think they ought to be done differantly then the onus is now on you to come up with alternatives. If you have none then why are you arguing?

I'm sorry if I'm coming off abrassive, I don't really mean to. I'm just trying to get my point across as directly as possible.
 
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The US went in for oil huh?
Have they bought it, barreled it, put it on a ship, or even so much as declared it their's?
The idea is that by establishing friendly democracies in oil - rich regions, we won't be at the bottom of the list when supplies are really dwindling.

The idea is *not* that we're going to stamp "Made in America" stickers on Iraqi oil.
 
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We have been.

A year ago we were begging everyone to "Vote Kerry."

Remember?

We still are suggesting solutions. On another thread, someone suggested overthrowing the government. LOL. I don't personally think that this is a tenable idea, but you can't say people aren't throwing solutions around. My suggestion: Vote democrat. Even more importantly: work towards paper-trail verified balloting in your area. Demand it, sign petitions, raise awareness, and so on. That's my solution. First make *damn* sure we're getting the person in office that the people want.

BTW, the point of the OP was to (futilely) try to wake up those who refuse to see that the reason for the war keeps changing. I don't know if people really don't see it, or if they see it and don't care. Either possibility is scary.

Our reasons for going to Iraq will change again. It will be tied into Iran soon, we'll have to keep fighting in Iraq in order to prevent Iran from blah blah blah..... Iran was not an original reason for us to go to Iraq.

Neither was oil. Neither was "spreading democracy." Neither were a couple others that I forget. But everyone is so knee-jerk afraid that the muslims want to kill us all because we're the infidels, that we're hell bent on killing them first. So any morphing reason spouted by bush, feeds on that fear and gets licked up by a segment of the population.

Well, at least he's not a flip-flopper. He can change his reasons for invading a hundred times, but, you know, that's not "flip flopping." That's sticking to your guns. God bless him.

( :smile: OK, so maybe I'm a *little* bitter.)
I'm talking about how things are getting along in Iraq. I would like to hear from people who don't like how things are being handled there to give us some ideas as to what they think should be done there.
As far as I know Kerry never gave any ideas he just espoused getting our troops home. Do you know if Mr. Kerry ever said how he planned to do that?
The election is yet another non-issue until hard evidence turns up to show there was in fact fraud taking place and there are leads to find the culprits. But that has little to do with solutions in Iraq.
 
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The idea is that by establishing friendly democracies in oil - rich regions, we won't be at the bottom of the list when supplies are really dwindling.

The idea is *not* that we're going to stamp "Made in America" stickers on Iraqi oil.
I agree. And I think that isn't necessarily a bad idea. It's how they went about doing it that was a problem.
What I don't like are the people who rant and make it sound like the US is there to steal Iraqi oil. As I phrased it in another thread (or was it this one) they wanted to free up an oil economy that was being restricted by UN sanctions. That is far from taking or stealing. Nor do I think that was the only or even main purpose, just a major one.

[edit: I will concede that the fact that the US invaded the country doesn't make it look very good but that is still no excuse to continually make an unfounded claim.]

If you're going to argue against something do it right and sound reasonable and credible. That's not aimed at you Patty, it's just what I would like to see.
 
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I'm talking about how things are getting along in Iraq. I would like to hear from people who don't like how things are being handled there to give us some ideas as to what they think should be done there.
As far as I know Kerry never gave any ideas he just espoused getting our troops home. Do you know if Mr. Kerry ever said how he planned to do that?
The election is yet another non-issue until hard evidence turns up to show there was in fact fraud taking place and there are leads to find the culprits. But that has little to do with solutions in Iraq.
My understanding is that Kerry's philosophy was more along the lines of "We will bring troops home....." And he specified January 2005 for a beginning to that. He didn't specify how many troops.

I'm sorry for misunderstanding what you wanted a solution to! I have never advocated pulling troops out. But, it would be interesting to pull out a few and see what happens. If we bring 5% home, and attacks settle down a bit, well, that would be most interesting, wouldn't it? I would guess everyone has a line. Personally, I think the commanders on the field know best - but if they can spare some to send home, then I think that would do a world of good in terms of iraqi morale and confidence in the future. You may draw the line elsewhere.

The problems I focus on, aren't what's going on Iraq. That's a bloody mess and it continues day in and day out. I got tired of it long ago and plateau'd. The problems I focus on are what this resident is feeding the american populace day in and day out, and it's crap. Those problems are the basis for the solutions I offered.

I disagree about the idea of "getting hard evidence" etc on elections. I have little interest at the moment in what happened in 2004. (Tomorrow might be a different story.) But how can you imply that lack of a paper trail is in any way acceptable? We are supposed to be a democracy. Should we not keep records of our elections???

In other words, if you were setting up a democracy in another country, would you tell them that it really doesn't matter if they keep a hard copy of the votes or not???

We are the United States of America. We should set the bar on elections. And we don't keep paper trails. My mind boggles.
 
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I agree. And I think that isn't necessarily a bad idea. It's how they went about doing it that was a problem.
What I don't like are the people who rant and make it sound like the US is there to steal Iraqi oil. As I phrased it in another thread (or was it this one) they wanted to free up an oil economy that was being restricted by UN sanctions. That is far from taking or stealing. Nor do I think that was the only or even main purpose, just a major one.

[edit: I will concede that the fact that the US invaded the country doesn't make it look very good but that is still no excuse to continually make an unfounded claim.]

If you're going to argue against something do it right and sound reasonable and credible. That's not aimed at you Patty, it's just what I would like to see.
I don't "rant and make it sound like the US is there to steal Iraqi oil." But there is no doubt in my mind that we Americans are killing thousands of innocent people to promote an end of us getting easy oil.

We could have spent the 300 billion on wind, solar, and other clean American, environmentally friendly, energy sources.

We could have been the global leader in these ventures, had we used the money we have poured into Iraq on alternative energies. (Spend a moment contemplating that scenario.)

We used to enjoy being a global leader. We are becoming a global pariah.

(And none of this is directed at you, either.)
 
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My understanding is that Kerry's philosophy was more along the lines of "We will bring troops home....." And he specified January 2005 for a beginning to that. He didn't specify how many troops.

I'm sorry for misunderstanding what you wanted a solution to! I have never advocated pulling troops out. But, it would be interesting to pull out a few and see what happens. If we bring 5% home, and attacks settle down a bit, well, that would be most interesting, wouldn't it? I would guess everyone has a line. Personally, I think the commanders on the field know best - but if they can spare some to send home, then I think that would do a world of good in terms of iraqi morale and confidence in the future. You may draw the line elsewhere.

The problems I focus on, aren't what's going on Iraq. That's a bloody mess and it continues day in and day out. I got tired of it long ago and plateau'd. The problems I focus on are what this resident is feeding the american populace day in and day out, and it's crap. Those problems are the basis for the solutions I offered.

I disagree about the idea of "getting hard evidence" etc on elections. I have little interest at the moment in what happened in 2004. (Tomorrow might be a different story.) But how can you imply that lack of a paper trail is in any way acceptable? We are supposed to be a democracy. Should we not keep records of our elections???

In other words, if you were setting up a democracy in another country, would you tell them that it really doesn't matter if they keep a hard copy of the votes or not???

We are the United States of America. We should set the bar on elections. And we don't keep paper trails. My mind boggles.
I'm completely with you on the paper trail. It was the first problem that came to my mind when I was hearing news about electronic voting. Regrdless of how well the machines work and whether or not there was tampering people will not be happy unless you can show them with something tangible.

The idea of pulling some troops is a bit scary. If there is no clear reason as to why, such as more Iraqi troops to replace them, then I'd be afraid the insurgents would see it as a sign that they are winning their battle and step up their attacks. If it is done it should be done carfully.
Generally the strategy behind policing is to make the presence of authority known. I'm not sure but they may be trying to maintain a large number of soldiers thinking that numbers will have a better effect. If this is the case then I would be happy to see them drop the numbers down closer to the minimum necessary to maintain order and have the Iraqi soldiers make up for the numbers. I wonder if I can find something outlining what their current real strategy is instead of just listening to Bush's spew.
 
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pattylou said:
I don't "rant and make it sound like the US is there to steal Iraqi oil." But there is no doubt in my mind that we Americans are killing thousands of innocent people to promote an end of us getting easy oil.

We could have spent the 300 billion on wind, solar, and other clean American, environmentally friendly, energy sources.

We could have been the global leader in these ventures, had we used the money we have poured into Iraq on alternative energies. (Spend a moment contemplating that scenario.)

We used to enjoy being a global leader. We are becoming a global pariah.

(And none of this is directed at you, either.)
Again I'll have to say it oil among other things. They probably want more money for the military too. They way things go around here is that they need to be doing something to get money. If they aren't busy somewhere their money will be taken away. Also having bases in Iraq. I don't care what any one says we never meant to pull out every one. The US will always maintain a military presence in Iraq unless they tell us to get out, which I doubt they will any time in the near future. Besides business and oil there are plenty good reasons to have a government friendly to tke US in Iraq, such as Iran. I doubt we really want to make a military advance on Iran. We just want to be able to watch them from as many places as possible and as close as possible, among others.

meh.. time to go. Night Patty.
 
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As others have posted above, the OP is about the ever changing reasons for the war, not how the war should be managed.

In regard to drawing down troops, I think it's 60% of Americans who do not feel the U.S. can/should completely pull out of Iraq at this time, including many Dems such as Hillary. I am one of those Americans. However, I would like to see a timetable for U.S. withdrawal -- parallel to implementation of international peace keeping measures.

I don't believe a timetable for withdrawal will affect insurgency, turned into terrorism, back to insurgency verging on civil war. In fact, I think the "anti-U.S. opposition" would decrease--it would have to if we aren't there to attack. Unfortunately this would presume that Bush is sincere in his intentions regarding the Iraqi people, and that other countries would participate despite Bush's (...to be kind...) lack of diplomacy.

I think this is about the third time I've offered this solution. People on this forum are smarter than the average bear...so come on -- think outside the Bush propaganda box (to honor the nearly 2,000 Americans who have already died let's send more to their deaths...sounds like "throwing good money after bad" -- you Republicans should understand this ain't right) or maybe take a logic class. And for heaven's sake, stop enabling this horrible man who continuously invokes the tragedy of 9-11, or now the disaster in New Orleans...be appalled and maybe a little disgusted. :yuck: :eek:
 
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Kerry's plan was to give it an international face. His reasoning was that he could repair our damaged image and restore our credibility with the rest of the world. This is still a viable option, although I don't see Bush apologizing and reaching out to all those he snubbed in 2002, 2003, 2004, and now 2005.

We cannot do it alone, remaining there is making it worse, so I am truly beginning to despair that this is going to prove to be the greatest political blunder in American history. And Americans will pay the price.
 
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TSA is right, pulling out of Iraq right now would be an even worse disaster, there are too many corrupt self interest groups wanting to take control. We are in a bad situation, lets not make it worse with more knee jerk decisions.
I don't know if pulling out right now would "be an even worse disaster". As the so-called "reasons" for invading Iraq have been changing every 10 minutes, there is no standard to compare with to find out if a situation is "worse" or not ; maybe according to a hidden agenda, everything is running just fine (but I have difficulties finding which one: there's only ONE agenda for which things are just fine and that's OBL's agenda).

What could be the goals, to which we have to compare the "goodness" of the situation, and hence the decisions to stay or to go ?
- WMD, imminent attack on the US or Israel: ok, you can pull out, there are no WMD (anymore?) in the hands of a terrible dictator. Goal reached (haha).
- Ousting a dictator. Saddam is no more in charge, goal reached. You can pull out.
- Bringing (superficial) democracy to Iraq. They've voted, goal reached, you can pull out.
- Fighting terrorist nests. That's gotten worse, and you're in a catch-22: if you stay, you create more terrorists, if you leave, they will consider it a victory. See further.
- Oil. I don't know if staying will further any sympathy of the future rulers of the oil wells to deal with you. To be seen.
- Fat state contracts for Bush's friends. Done. You can pull out now.
- Have fun for the military. If the idea is to have a laboratory for new military techniques, then you're indeed having what you want. Stay. Things are just perfect.
- Create a stable, Western-friendly, democratic regime in a prospering country. Goal completely f**ked up in any case. Lost case. Get out.

What are the options ?
1) asking the world to help you: I think the world will not do much, because it would only attract more troubles for those getting involved, and after being snobbed the way they were, there is a kind of "sweet revenge" in seeing the troubles. Nothing to be gained for others to get involved.
2) stay in similar ways as you are doing now. Situation will probably slowly get worse (except of course for the "military lab" option), and over the years, this will cost so much in soldier lives and money that you'll be obliged to pull out in any case. Civil war will at a certain point break out between the 3 ethnicities. It will be a huge terrorist nest.
3) take your bags and pull out. Civil war will break out, terrorists will have a victory. On the other hand, you will limit the costs and the responsability.
4) send in MASSIVE amounts of soldiers (organize a draft probably). Install a military dictatorship by those soldiers, give those soldiers double nationality so that they can go and live in Iraq (they will become "colonists"), and let them terrorize the population the way they want, and let them become rich off the money flow from the local oil production, so that they become the new "local" elite. They'll be friendly to the US (their former home country), things will be quiet and terrorists will be defeated, at least locally. The image of the US will of course get a deafening blow.

So what's the best option ?
 
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Then why are you asking Hurkyl for solutions? He seems to believe that the way things are being handled are about as good as we can do (correct me if I'm wrong there Hurk). If you don't agree then you should have some ideas as to what should be done instead shouldn't you?

I'm not saying that the onus is on those that opposed the war. The war has happened. It's done. It's a non-issue now. Sorry let me correct that. Not a non-issue but a back burner issue for now. There's a mess that needs to be cleaned up. The resposability lies with those who got us into the mess. They are working on it, for better or worse. If you don't agree with the way things are going and think they ought to be done differantly then the onus is now on you to come up with alternatives. If you have none then why are you arguing?

I'm sorry if I'm coming off abrassive, I don't really mean to. I'm just trying to get my point across as directly as possible.
Let's get it straight... I asked Hurkyl for solutions... THE REASON being that he was the one who was bringing up the situations. I asked him to come up with solutions instead of just complaining. Why are you protecting him? are you his dad? He has yet to come up with any solutions that are original and do not constitute rope towing... wake up and smell the carnage!
 
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I'm talking about how things are getting along in Iraq. I would like to hear from people who don't like how things are being handled there to give us some ideas as to what they think should be done there.
As far as I know Kerry never gave any ideas he just espoused getting our troops home. Do you know if Mr. Kerry ever said how he planned to do that?
The election is yet another non-issue until hard evidence turns up to show there was in fact fraud taking place and there are leads to find the culprits. But that has little to do with solutions in Iraq.
you are right... there was no clear plan from Kerry either... I don't think he ran very hard for office... so I'm not surprised that he lost.... he was just the lesser of 2 evils... and he was not supposed to win... so no facts means no conviction... did you think ojay simpson was innocent? I agree.
 
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I have to take notice that many of the Badge wearing PF Mentors & Contributors tend to defend the President and his Administration...

I can't understand why some members never make any concessions when valid opinions are made and alternative solutions are brought to the table.

I do think that the PF community is not your average community which is why I enjoy being on PF, however there appears to be certain individuals who instead of finding common ground to work from rather oppose opinions in favor of defending the Administration. Let's drop the defense and work on improving the world. It is not my intention to hate the USA or blame America for anything.

I feel that if enough thought is put to this, hopefully some solutions will come of it that "someone" may actually be watching this board and take the solution to where it needs to be.

Bush needs to look at his situation and rearrange his priorities. You should not worry about saving other people, when your own family is starving and dying. (Yes, I'm talking about the victims of Katrina) As for the war on terrorism, this should be a war that the world would agree with which should be discussed in the UN. He should try to get the consultation and approval of the UN on how to fix the current situation.
 

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