March 13th, 2004, 08:24 PM
Out of Iraq before the election?
Democracy, human rights, freedom of expression, and equality has been alien to the people of Iraq for more than 4,000 years. They sport none of the cultural underpinnings of nationhood, self-government or the rule of law. Iraq was artificially born from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire in 1920 under a British mandate.
After going to the trouble of invading Iraq, should we get out so soon?
I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.
March 13th, 2004, 09:11 PM
Its all politics, and not very good politics at that.
It seems that our local politics and 'Looking Good' are more important than doing then right thing (what ever that might be).
In last Saturday's radio address, the president boasted of magnificent United States success in transforming Iraq into a flourishing democracy. The boast smacked of one-term President Jimmy Carter's delusional characterization of his disastrous mission to rescue Americans in Tehran as an "incomplete success." Sound foreign policy and presidential victories are made of less self-delusional stuff.
\"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO - What a Ride!\"