Iraq


It was a mistake to go into Iraq. Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden and the Al Queda are, was fair game after 9/11, but we were lied to about WMD and Iraq and have no moral authority to be there - on our own - after we did not get UN support. Now we are begging everyone to join us? Bush was wrong to lead us in that direction.


It is also wrong to support the Israeli's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza as the US has done for years, to the death and detriment of thousands of Palestinians who continue to fight desperately with their own bodies for their homeland. The attack on the twin towers was a direct consequence of that policy and Bush should have addressed it first.


Also it is clear that our foreign policy is self serving and that control of the oil and serving the mega corporations which have benefited most from the 87 billion flowing into Iraq were the real goals, not to mention the Bush family's personal vengeance toward Saddam. Finally our troops overseas have been undisciplined for years and it is no surprise to me that they were out of control in the prison and acting out. I watched them misbehave in Beirut and Mogadishu. As an American living overseas for over 30 years I can say that we are the most hated we have ever been. This makes it dangerous to be an American. Bush has to go and Rice, Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfield with him.


Should we have gotten rid of Saddam? Most certainly, but we should have also gotten rid of Pol Pot, stopped the genocide in Rwanda, assassinated Idi Amin, Bokhasa and Mugawe, cleaned up the rot in Saudi Arabia, and helped the Kurds and Shiites to topple Saddam the first time around instead of abandoning them to his gas. Consistency in our foreign policy has never been our strong suite. We were attacked it is true but the Iraqi's had nothing to do with it.