Well I have plenty of problems with the way this war has been conducted. A good majority of the reasons the insurgancy has sustained itself in my opinion, is that the way we fight in Iraq is geared towards appeasing those who no matter what, would critisize this president. I am not a die hard Bush guy, but there is a greater fight going on in Iraq. And that is against radical Islam. America would have had to confront this problem in some arena at some point even if 9/11 hadn't happened. Do you honestly think that if we had never invaded Iraq and just solved the Afghanistan problem that all these threats would have went away? They would'nt have.
Going to war with Iraq was a noble endeavor. Regardless of why we went in, we liberated the county and brought freedom to those people. Now, the nation as a whole has NOT embraced the concept of freedom, there are many people in Iraq who still live in huts, no electricity. You can lead a horse to water but can't force it to drink it.
In my opinion, Iran was a more severe threat to national security than Iraq. After the Gulf War, the Iraqi military was pretty much desimated as a standing army. The war with radical Islam will continue long after most of the "soon to be lawyers" on this site pay off their loans. I wouldn't say that lives have been wasted in Iraq, I think if we pack up and left today one could ask, "what the hell did we fight for?" We will never achieve a total victory in Iraq or any of these nations. They have essentially sucked at life since biblical times and who are we to think we can change that. I would also attribute the fact that there have been no attacks from any radical Islamist groups on American soil to the intel and combat ops being conducted in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as across the world.
It's so sad that you buy into this "us vs them" mentality. It's even sadder that we give bigots tanks and guns.
Fighting in Iraq ABSOLUTELY equals fighting for your freedom, if it doesn't I wish I could send you over there in full gear during 130 degree heat in July and tell me that I am doing it for big oil or W. You need to re-evaluate where your freedom is derived from, and where it has derived from since the revelotionary war. Because of the bravery of the few, the many enjoy freedom. Period.
As they say, "If you can read, thank a teacher. If you can read in English, thank a Marine."
Oh please, cry me a f-cking river. You signed your life away to be a tool for a worthless f-ing cause, so don't go appealing to that sympathy ploy. I feel sad that lives (both US and Iraqi) are being lost for a ridiculous reason, but I don't feel sorry for you if you're too f-ing arrogant to see that Iraq posed no threat to our freedom, nor did they ever.
This is a worthless argument. So long as you're over there you have to believe
that you're doing it for a noble and worthwhile cause. It's probably a normal human reaction to the fear and stress and danger you guys face. Come back and see me in 5 years when we're still fighting the same pointless fight, killing more and more people for nothing more than hubris, intolerance, and making some bank for a few rich white guys.
Can you even look into the eyes of an Iraqi person and still believe that you're doing something noble?