for the record, i'm for it. i was when i was in the Marines then, and still am now that i'm out. the one thing i will add in that is that i believe we should be bringing people back a little faster than we are. Iraq needs to learn that we aren't always going to be there to support them, and they need to begin stepping up at a faster rate. as far as the efforts to bring them back now and a timetable to pull out...we don't know what is being said behind closed doors. i have all the faith in the world in George Bush, and i think it is easy to judge when you aren't in the position he is in. he may not come across as the brightest bulb in the pack, but it's not just him making every decision on how this country and the military is run. there is no absolute power in our country, and that's the way it was set up from day one when our forefathers fled England and all the other countries to set up shop here.
the fact is, we can't just get up and walk out. it took us how many years to perfect our government, without help?? over 200, and we are still working at it every day. we can't expect to have theirs set up in just a couple. i think now that we are pacing ourselves in order to get to the point we won't have to go back years down the road and repeat what we have. there is no way anyone will ever convince me Saddam needed to be in power any longer. most people forget the tricks he was pulling before the war about not allowing inspectors in and refusing to hand over proof he didn't have nukes. why should we wait any longer on the chance that he may sell his hidden stock- if he has it- to someone that would commit a crime against u as heinous as Osama did?? without them, he had our country in terror...imagine if he could get just one what would happen.
was the war a perfect score??? no. things could have been handled better, but we were also in a position we have never been in. we were weak, and fearing an even worse possible outcome. i think that Bush going against the flow- who also was fairly tainted, ala the oil for food program- and stepping up to say, "we mean business, and no matter how vulnerable we are, we aren't going to take sh!t from anybody" was the right stand to take.
i was thinking about this very subject tonight on my way home from work. the day the planes hit the towers, i was stationed in Kansas City. over the next few MONTHS, we spent extra hours daily- even instituting shifts to cover the phones 24 hours a day- just taking calls from people wanting to put their names on the list to go anywhere overseas and kick some a$$...regardless of whose it was and where. i personally took calls from people saying if i put them at the top, and they would bring their own guns and ammo. but, i believe, the problem today is the nation has forgotten the fury it once had. the media has over-hyped everything that is done today, and frankly burned people out on what is going on over there. every station you turn to talks about the negatives and how many of our troops have died today. after changing 5 stations, your brain begins to think "wow, we've lost 20 people just today," when in reality it was 4. i hate that troops- some close friends of mine- won't be back to see their kids birthdays, or spend Christmas with loved ones. they are out fighting for their lives, and the lives of all of us...for one cause...FREEDOM. they fight for the right for us to live with it without fear. i've handed flags to wives and mothers, and i've seen the pain war and the deaths of service members causes to families. i don't like it, but today, it's reality. we signed the contract and knew the risks. nothing come for free in this world, and some pay the price. the question i ask though is, are you grateful for the present that has been given to you on their expense?? we are lucky we live in a country you can speak your mind, and live another day without persecution from the government. some people don't have that, and the way i see it is we are trying to give some people that right, while protecting ourselves and our own confidence.
you can crucify me if you like, but that's how i feel.