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Iraq-How do you feel after four years?Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at 5:24 PM
Ok…this is a topic I don't plan to talk about on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, this may be the only time I bring this up unless it just turns out really well.
I'm going to bring up…the war.
In March of 2003, when we invaded Iraq, I could not have been a bigger supporter. Still in the post-9/11 patriotic phase we all jumped into, I really felt like it was the right thing to do. As a matter of fact, I couldn't believe we had waited so long to go.
I had no doubt in my mind that WMDs were everywhere in Iraq and we were the saviors of the Middle East. An Iraq - Al-Qaeda tie seemed obvious and it was time to take care of business.
Now, four years later, I've had a bit of a change of heart. In retrospect, it's easy to see how quickly we jump to conclusions.
As time has passed, I just don't see the changes I felt like would come after we kicked them back a few centuries.
I don't believe you can ever "win" a war when you are fighting against a culture, religion or belief system. I don't necessarily believe we have made conditions worse for the Iragi's, but I don't believe we have improved them to the extent we had hoped, shy of ousting Saddam. Regardless of why we went, it was time that he was removed.
Despite that, I have changed course and I really believe it's time to come home. I don't see major changes and I don't believe we are going to stop car bombings and domestic terrorism within Iraq. Even Republican support seems to be dwindling. At the very least, our stake in the war needs to be re-evaluated.
Do you feel like the U.S. is less or more likely to suffer another terrorist attack now that more than 5 years have passed since 9/11.
At some point, we have to chalk it up to experience and move on.
I also want it known that I do support our troops, the ideas behind their mission and I wish their safe returns. I just don't see the mission as realistic. It's strange how a little time to reflect can so drastically change one's beliefs.
How do you feel about the war? Have your thoughts changed over the years or have you stood by your initial opinion? Is it possible to make the Middle East, and the U.S., safe from terrorism? Just some food for thought.
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