Try as I might to keep out of politics, this one was just too much for me to resist. Glenn Beck, on his syndicated radio show, said something to the effect today of, “The liberals were right a few years ago, we should have stayed out of Iraq.” He went on to implore the powers that be of the current government, as broken as the process seems to be, to come together on at least the one issue of not getting involved in Iraq with this current set of dust-ups that has Iraq once again on the verge of an all out civil war.
It is not very often that Glen Beck and I agree, outside of the general spirit of a very few things, but on this one we do. As most of the readers here well know, I do not identify myself with being a liberal very much at all, while at the same time the republican party has moved so far to the right, I am left very much in the middle where it seems no one else is. That being said though, I do recall during the first Iraq War (we did call it that, right) back in, was 1990? 1991? Anyway, I was still an undergrad at the time, I do know that. But even back at that time I could not rightly understand our involvement. And at least that involvement had a moral reasoning for being there, that actually existed.
Bottom line, I guess my view on the matter is the ultimate of conservative view points and has been pretty much through all of these recent dust ups and wars around the world the last twenty or so years. I firmly believe if we had kept out of some these things, going back even another ten or twenty years (yes, that would be a total of forty) we would not have a LOT of the problems we as Americans have all over the world today. Think about it, Saddam Hussein was basically armed, trained, and all but brought to power with US money and intel to act as a counter balance to what was going in Iran. When Saddam outlived his usefulness and got an ego to big for us to stomach, we turned on him. That basically left us with no friends in the region and everyone was now looking to get even with the US. A few more years down the road, we completely topple Saddam, but lack a good plan of replacement – and the very thing we trying to avoid – al-Qaeda moved in to take the place. Ten years of fighting that and trying to prop up a “new” government – and look at where we are today and what is happening.
ISIS – an even more extreme wing of al-Qaeda, if such can exist to be sure…
Yes, my thoughts are we should go back to carrying a big stick and keeping mostly to our business. If we would stop butting into everything, we stop having everyone dragging us into everything over and over.
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