Two years ago today, president George W. Bush declared that major combat in Iraq was over. Right George... we all believed you. But tell me why we're still there.
I know I'm not necessarily old enough for my opinion to hold water with some of those who may read this, but I'd like to think my limited life experience gives me the ability to see this from a angle some of you can't. I know more than a few military people even still. I even got a email from one of the friends I made in basic, telling me he was deployed in Iraq not six months ago.
Now correct me if I'm wrong, but that was 18 months after major combat was over... and we were still sending in fresh troops. Seems to me that if major combat was indeed over, we'd have reduced our forces to a smaller "peace-keeping" force (like the ones we have in Bosnia, and Kuwait) but instead we're still expanding our number of troops there and spending more and more outrageous amounts of money. I'm not mad at the fact we're there... don't mistake my motives. I'm upset with the fact our president didn't respect the American public enough to tell us "yea... we're doing well, but we'll still be here a while." Hell, honesty is not a lot to ask for is it?
Back to the subject of money. Want to know something disgusting about this "war"? Not even counting what we've spent on troops' travel and foodstuffs (as their budgets are largely covered under the auspices of the Department of Defense) we've spent so much money in Iraq that, were we to divide it evenly with every American citizen, each and every one would get over $1500. And guess what? Bush just passed a bill to let him spend even MORE money over there.
You know, George, instead of raping social security with privitization; you might consider cutting back the amount of money you spend on wars that are, at this point at least, completely unneccesary (note: I did not say it wasn't necessary to begin with... just that "keeping it up" is not necessary now that we've crippled Saddam's regime)
I suppose it's fairly evident I don't support Bush's decisions all that much. But I'm not a liberal. I didn't vote for Kerry (his exit strategy sucked from a millitary viewpoint anyways). I voted Libertarian. And while some of you may count that as a wasted vote (in fact a couple of people have told me I wasted my vote) I believe that no choice, made on your own moral convictions, can be wrong. [I think I just threw this part in so no one would ask if I voted for Kerry. Bush is a better president than Kerry would have been. Or Gore.]
Ok well there's my rant for the day. I know it's been a while since I've posted. I just don't often think of a subject I consider worth posting about. So I'm off now. Peace, Love, and Happiness,
"You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it."