I don’t want to sound like an anti-war whiner

August 29th, 2007

But couldn’t we find a better way to use the next $50 Billion we’re about to spend on a country where no-one likes us and many people are trying to kill us?

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  • 1. Mike  |  August 29th, 2007 at 10:48 am

    I could say the same thing about the $147 billion we have frittered away in Katrina relief. How much have we spent to prop up the Saudis or defend Israel? Do you think that spending will stop when we leave Iraq?

  • 2. buzz  |  August 29th, 2007 at 10:48 am

    I urge you to read Michael Yon’s dispatches and Michael Totten’s articles before you toe the MSM hardline that “Iraqis hate us” and “we’re not doing any good.” Real reporters on the ground in Iraq getting real stories from real combat soldiers, sometimes getting shot at by AQI, are going to bring you far more accurate stories than from a guy in a trailer at some base nowhere near the front lines. Look at the pictures and read the descriptions of the common Iraqis who greet American soldiers warmly and love photographers; the children hound them to get their pictures taken and published. Iraqi parents gladly show off their children on camera. This isn’t a land where “no one likes us.”

    Just because people are trying to kill our soldiers does not automatically mean we are failing. Yes, some people hate us, but it is because we are slowly taking control of the country back from them — the people who like to shoot their own countrymen, bake children in an oven to make an example to their parents, rape women and girls — and giving it to those Iraqis who hope to make a better Iraq for everyone.

    AQI has become their own worst enemy. Their tactics of terrorizing Iraqis are not working when an American army sits on their doorstep. Iraqi citizens are becoming emboldened now, after seeing that we are NOT going to desert them, by reporting AQI and Mahdi Army movements, where previously they would be afraid of reprisals. Leaving now would undo all the good that’s been done in the last few years by giving those insurgent groups the freedom to move and operate again that’s been choked off recently by US troops and in some regions the fledgling Iraqi Army, learning how to flex its muscles on its own, and finding that it’s up to the task of protecting its people from the threats within.

    Should we stay forever? No. At some point they’ll have to take care of themselves. Articles at the two links below will give you an interesting window into the mind of the average Iraqi, and what it would take to have them govern themselves. It’s really worth your time to check them both out.


  • 3. Elliot  |  August 29th, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    But seriously…50 BILLION with a “B!” That’s serious money! ;)

  • 4. Chris  |  August 30th, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    I love Michael Yon but I am with Elliot how much more money are we going to throw down that rat hole the American people have said they do not want to win in the last election. I have no problem with that(well I have a lot of problems but this being a representative democracy I have to do what the mob wants) So if we do not intend to win we should be packing up and leaving tomorrow tell the Iraqi’s that we really hope they can work it out and take our Troops and our Money and go home.

    to answer Mike I would do the same to New Orleans. Cut our losses and move on.

  • 5. Dean  |  August 31st, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    I’m with Chris. If we’re gonna pull out, what difference does it make if we do it today or six months from now? Yet it’s hard to find anyone in favor of withdrawal before the job is done to say we should do it now. And even harder for them to explain why we should do it gradually.

    And half of New Orleans should never have been built in the first place.

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