Monday, August 15, 2005

Mistakes were Made

Good afternoon everybody. Hope you are all doing well!

I just finished reading Armstrong William's
latest article, and I have to say, it will be interesting to see how his fellows in the Conservative Press will react to it.
When President George W Bush unleashed hell on Iraq he no doubt had in mind visions of global rebuilding. The administration thought that months after the invasion, the streets of Baghdad lined with Iraqi citizens waving American flags. They also thought that US inspectors would uncover weapons of mass destruction. This is why they ducked their head and plowed through the international scorn. They fully expected to supplant the horror of war with images so patriotic that they would make the strong global opposition to the war seem short sighted.

It was a grand idea. But somewhere along the way we were misled by the image of the middle east we wanted, instead of the middle east that exists. Iraqi citizens are not waving American flags. They are strapping bombs to themselves just for the opportunity to detonate a few American servicemen with them.

The deterioration of Iraq serves as an unmistakable reminder of the flawed manner in which we carried out this mission. A global democracy works only when countries trust one another.
I think that Mr. Armstrong's right in his analysis of the situation. Mr. Williams further argues that the United States needs to pull out of Iraq, and he admits that this little situation has probably hurt the way other nations look at the United States.

I wonder how other conservative commentators, like, say, Ann Coulter, will respond?

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