Sunday, August 21, 2005

Good Morning...Iraq?

Finally we're seeing a Republican, albeit one that has been critical of Iraq since the beginning, with the intestinal fortitude to make the Iraq-Vietnam comparison.

Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

"We should start figuring out how we get out of there," Hagel said on "This Week" on ABC. "But with this understanding, we cannot leave a vacuum that further destabilizes the Middle East. I think our involvement there has destabilized the Middle East. And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur."

"We're past that stage now because now we are locked into a bogged-down problem not unsimilar, dissimilar to where we were in Vietnam," Hagel said. "The longer we stay, the more problems we're going to have."

As I mentioned, Senator Hagel has been far from a strident supporter of Bush's policies in Iraq; he's been highly critical of both the White House and the civilian leadership in the Department of Defense. However, it's a whole new ballgame when a prominent Republican like Hagel at last dares to make the comparison that we liberals realized a year ago: Iraq bears a striking resemblance to Vietnam and none of the comparisons are positive.

I'm too young to remember Vietnam, it was largely over by the time I was born. So I can only imagine the frustration and anger that folks who lived through Vietnam must feel while seeing our country go down the same tragic road yet again. Still, I have to ask: Where is the outrage? Where are the demonstrations in the streets? Why is such a large chunk of the U.S. population seemingly unconcerned and uninterested in the disaster our government is perpetrating on both the Iraqis and us?

It took over 50,000 dead to end Vietnam; how many will Iraq take?

One is too many...


Anonymous said...

Have you read the recent article, not sure from where, that we'll probably be there in Iraq at least another 4 years? I think it's ridiculous what we are doing to the Iraqi people.

Bush should have stayed out of it. He didn't find those "weapons of mass destruction", he didn't find any terrorists...all he did find was an excuse to catch the man that "tried to kill my daddy".

Maybe someday we'll actually be able to leave Iraq, and maybe some day they'll have a free gov't, but my guess is that they'll always be riding our backs, and that we'll be there for infinity trying to overthrough any type of non-democract opposition.

Thank you Mr. Bush.


Samurai Sam said...

I truly believe that it's a sign of how much of our national identity is tied into our ability to make war that Bush will not back down from the disaster that is Iraq. In the past, even Republican administrations recognized that we cannot dictate a certain form of government on another nation by entrenching our military within that country.

I've been fairly certain since 2004 that the only way the Iraq war ends is the U.S. election in 2008. Still, it saddens me to see the government finally admitting what most of us knew all along.

Gifted-1 said...

it saddens me to see the government finally admitting what most of us knew all along.

No kidding. It's sad that it's taken this long...
Most of the people in Washington and across the country, just need to get their heads out of George W's ass. It's easier to see the shit going on, when your not deep in it.