… That’s what she said?
Anywho, I missed Mr. Obama’s address tonight, due to some hopelessly boring text reading/catching some emotional Make It or Break It scenes while my roomate watched the tube.
But after reading a few articles about it, I’m surprised there aren’t hipsters in the street right now, running around, blasting their Hot Chip.
I feel like I’m getting a little soft on this subject, but I personally feel a little bit torn on the Iraq issue. Oil did play a huge factor in it (duh!), Saddam is gone and apparently so are his “weapons,” and we did get the Kurds back on their feet. And I understand that trillions of money and lives were lost with the whole mess. But part of me is just wondering how I’d feel if a person jumped me and beat me up terribly, and some powerful force shunned him away suddenly, but left me still dazed and bruised. Are the civilians ready to be on their feet or do they still need training, protection, whatever.
Still, there’s all of the domestic mumbo-jumbo problems we have right now. Health care. Drug wars. Recession. Immigration policies. Our money and attention should be stressed on those issues, right? Obama thinks so.
But is Obama using now, right before the mid-term elections, to pull out? Well let’s see – polls recently showed that he did have the lowest approval rating of his career, and I’m sure people aren’t too fond of a government-run health care. I’d say yes.
And wth Republicans hyping up their lead in the polls months before the elections, no wonder Dems are shaking in their Toms. Come November, will they still be the Majority Party?
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Why are Iraqis our business? It’s absurd to consider ourselves of a moral rigor vastly superior to them that we have the right to go in and “set up a government for them.” Even moreso absurd that we send our brave, loyal troops to die for our country in the name of political poppycock. What a fabulous facade to cover up the fact that a) Bush needed a reason to finish his daddy’s business (kill Saddam), b) US wanted their oil, and c) Our economy is in shambles but we’ve managed to keep a leg up by funding the production and sales of military weapons. But wait, who will buy these weapons if there is no “war” or reason for people to kill other people? Hmm, luckily for us, we were at war in Iraq! And what a thriving market it’s been for us! Once the returns on our investment diminished, what with people being “fatigued with war” and becoming suspicious of our involvement there, it only makes sense that we finally back out.
Obama has simply done what should have been done a LONG time ago. It just so happens that people are so focused on other problems that this isn’t seen as a big deal like it would have only a short time ago. If you ask me, it’s pretty good timing.
Believe me, I do believe that there were trillions and trillions wasted… check out this article from the Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/29/AR2010082901239.html
It’s just a bitter feeling you know? Knowing our taxes have gone to shit? Might as well make it count for something….
Money is not the most important issue. The most important problem with the whole situation is the number of innocent lives lost. Thousands and thousands of soldiers, and not to mention even more Iraqis, died for nothing in my opinion.
Look at this video from about 5 years ago – it’s relevant because it refers to many subtle truths about the Iraq war that many people didn’t pay attention to, including the unmetered export of oil. Galloway was accused of taking bribes from Saddam Hussein, which was an accusation the U.S fired all over the place as kind of a faux proof that reinforced their motives. In return, he rips them a new one – it’s really pretty amusing.