Originally Posted by Marge
I know my prayers to the families. It's getting hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel. My gosh does anyone have a plan for over there? Didn't they use common sense and count on this aftermath? Or were they that stupid to just think the first "shock and awe" would get everyone in line?
There's a good article in newsweek this week about all this. Apparently they did think the Shock and Awe was a big deal, I mean it was, but Rumsfeld is so into revamping the military and he thought it would pull us out of post Vietnam 'Paper tiger" status.
We can't pull out, we are stuck with this for years and years. I think it will come in waves, it will calm down and then another wave... etc for years.
You're statement is exactly right. There was no plan for after Baghdad fell. Pres. Bush said the U.S. isn't in to nation building. Well if you're going to go to war and over throw the government... you better have a plan for nation building!
Shock and Awe a big deal? I don't think so. Maybe for the women and children at first. But the people over there have been through so much that bombs don't faze them. They are numb. Just like when I expressed to my husband that I didn't want him to go over there right now. He told me he didn't care about bombs and fighting. He said he's used to it and it doesn't bother him.
At any rate, the whole thing is tragic and the violence has to start winding down. I wish the U.N. would get involved. I know they probably don't want to go in and clean up a mess they were against in the first place. But something needs to be done! Too many American's and the innocent Iraqi's are being killed while the bad guys are still roaming the streets. <sigh>