Originally Posted by Cartman
wait so you agree iraq war was wrong? the same war mccain wanted??? could it be light shining thru?
My previous post was just the Democrat in me pointing out the disparities in information from the Bush Administration. We all know now that there were intelligence failures, which precipitated the war in Iraq. I'm not happy with it and neither is the rest of the world. I have always questioned the "imminent threat" rhetoric. Hussein did have WMDs in Iraq, but I don't think we in the states were in imminent danger at that particular time. I do believe that was an exaggeration of the truth.
However, Hussein was a brutal dictator that committed atrocities on his own people. He did have aspirations of becoming a global player. If he would have had more advanced weapons he most likely would have used them at some point. He was a guy that had nothing but hostile antipathy towards American interest. Taking the battle to their front door is better than them taking it to our front door. Our presence in Afghanistan and Iraq has made this country safer to some degree. It has also, in effect, created a lot of resentment and probably bred more insurgency abroad. However, we have not had another 9/11 since and that is a result what our military is doing abroad in regards to terrorism. Since that time our intelligence community has also done an excellent job at thwarting attacks on U.S. soil. And there have been many that have been prevented in the last 7 years.
Being a Democrat I struggle with these issues. I use to be very critical of the Bush Administration. They certainly deserve some of their criticisms, but so does our Democratically controlled U.S. Congress. The disappointment is a two way street. That is if you allow yourself to see the truth and not just want you want to see.
Have you ever examined where you stand politically? Regardless of what party affiliation, there are three primary flavors (types) of people. You have a conservative, a moderate, and a radical point of view. Ideally, it's always nice to be able lean towards the middle ground of an argument. Extremism, whether it be too far to the right or too far to the left are equally dangerous. A nation building neo-con is just as disconcerting as a leftist ACLU attorney fighting for the rights of convicted criminals to get a better cable package or aiding them in suing their victims.
I have a suggestion for you that may help assuage your angst regarding political issues. It is important to gather information from different sources before rushing to judgment. You want to look at things from different angles. It's a challenge, but going against your own inertia is possible. There are no absolute truths, but there is right and wrong. If you start ignoring common sense (or are insane) then you make the leap from reason to extremism or radicalism. Far left liberals and far right conservatives do an excellent job of both ignoring common sense and abandoning reason. The agenda is different, but methodology is the same. Sensationalizing the facts of a story is where we get into trouble. Mainstream media only serves to compound the problem. There is inherent bias in commercial media outlets. You just have try your best to find real info.