Originally Posted by grampngram
We'll have to agree to disagree on this. I think it was long past due that this menace to the region was removed. I believe the time and the climate were right, and it's done. Are there aspects that could have been handled better???? Ohhhhhhh YEAH. I could write a book on that part of it. I'd like to see our troops home. I'd like to see peace in the region. Right now those 2 are mutually exclusive.
Reading your post, I'd have to say that some of my main objections to attacking Iraq were the timing, because I believe more force should have been concentrated on Afghanistan, and the lack of an international consensus. U:S. troops seem to be spread so thin that they can't deal with "wild fires". I believe that the current administration didn't pay enough attention to international criticism of its policy in Iraq, and, as a result, has lost control of the entire situation. The whole approach was both arrogant and naive. I've heard it described as "Pollyannish", and think the term fitting.
This is probably a topic for an entirely different thread, but how have we found ourselves playing the role of "global cop", and why do we accept it? Many, if not most, of today's conflicts, excluding those in Latin America, where the US interfered too much, have their roots in European colonialism. The US is economically the most powerful nation nowadays, but by involving ourselves in conflicts stretching back to times when the American government embraced "isolationism", we've become targets of the disaffected. Our meddling in other countries during the Cold War certainly plays a role, but for the most part the troubles were started by other countries. Are we so addicted to playing the role of "world leader" that we allow other countries to disavow their responsibility?
I'm so disgusted with politicians in general that I should probably just declare myself to be an anarchist. The European governments sat back and watched the slaughter in ex-Yugoslavia, which to some extent was the result of their overeager recognition of "new countries", until the U.S. decided to intervene. That, in turn, encouraged U.S. (and British) politicians to ignore the reservations of many European governments regarding intervening in Iraq. It's a really sad situation, and people who just want to get on with their everyday lives die as a result.