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Dec. 14th, 2003

11:15 am - Saddam captured

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I'm happy about this, but my happiness is tempered by a number of thoughts, some highly cynical, some not so...

The truth is that Saddam was a brutal and nasty dictator. But, if that was really the reason we decided to remove him, there are another 20-50 small countries we ought to be invading right now too, many with leaders who are far worse.

The Bush administration had the war on Iraq planned before he even became president. Though, interestingly enough, he never bothered to tell anybody. His administration has grasped at publicly palatable justifications ever since that decision was made outside of the light of public inquiry.

The drive has always been find bad things to say about Saddam, not reveal any believable justification. The administration pressured the CIA into saying things that the organization didn't feel were justified by the available evidence, just so the administration could bolster it's case. This means that the administration had other reasons that it wasn't willing to state publicly for why they wanted to invade Iraq. If they had been publicly palatable reasons, there would've been no reason to pressure the CIA into providing them.

I wish I knew what the real reasons were instead of having to speculate. I find that being a citizen of a country who's government undertakes major military campaigns on a pretext while not revealing the actual reasons for doing so to be a very uncomfortable situation. Since the fiction is that our government is a government of the people, that means I'm indirectly responsible for the death of thousands of people, and I don't even know why.

Current Mood: [mood icon] cynical

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From:lokey
Date:December 14th, 2003 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Here is an article by ABC News done back in March. There are plenty of othr articles online about the Project for the New American Century. Thought I'd go with one of the more mainstream here.

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From:omnifarious
Date:December 14th, 2003 12:31 pm (UTC)
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The first site largely says "An unpublicized conspiracy exists, and here are their overt aims.". And the second site is the official site of the unpublicized conspiracy, which also lists their overt aims.

I can't help but wonder if there are covert aims hiding underneath someplace. Sort of like Clinton's health care plan had the covert aim of ensconcing the power of major insurance companies over American health care.

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From:hozed
Date:December 14th, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC)
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I can only hope that some bush challenger (not necessarily a democrat) decides to unbalance bush by bringing up, *and justifying* the real reasons for invading Iraq. As well as pointing out the damage he has done to American credibility and security by trying to hide those reasons, even though they may make the public squirm a bit.

The best thing we can do in Iraq now is pour a ton of money in and create a viable government and economy like was done with the marshal plan in Germany and Japan. This would play right into a 'progressive liberal' foreign policy, I think.
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From:agnosticfont
Date:December 14th, 2003 09:47 pm (UTC)
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The best thing we can do in Iraq now is pour a ton of money in and create a viable government and economy like was done with the marshal plan in Germany and Japan.

Whose money should be poured in though ? I dont see why it should be the american tax payers dollars as Iraq has massive oil reserves.

And I agree that we should help them rebuild their economy but lets not forget that after the Japanese economy was rebuilt they went on to overtake the US in terms in the car industry, electronics, computers etc. I'm all for rebuilding the Iraqi economy as long as we dont start building them car plants ;-)
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From:lokey
Date:December 14th, 2003 07:12 pm (UTC)
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I'm trying to find a link to the exact document, but am having a hard time finding it. I know I poste it at one point in the last year. It is basically a plan to use the issues in Iraq as an excuse to go in and create a US presence in the Middle East while at the same time establishing/solidifying the US as the single, fundamental power in the world and policeman to the planet.
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From:lokey
Date:December 14th, 2003 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Here is another link
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