neo-conservative media machine has been hard at work lately drumming
up support for the $87 billion appropriation to extend our precarious
occupation of Iraq. Opposition to this funding, according to the Secretary
of Defense, encourages our enemies and hinders the war against terrorism.
This is a distortion of the facts and is nothing more than attacking
the messenger when one disapproves of the message.
within the administration, prior to the war, who warned of the dangers
and real costs were fired. Yet now it turns out that they were correct,
that it would not be a cakewalk, that it would require a lot more troops,
and costs would far exceed original expectations.
recently reminded us that we went into Iraq to force its compliance
with U.N. resolutions, since the U.N. itself was not up to the task.
It was not for national security reasons. Yet we all know that the U.N.
never endorsed this occupation.
we in the Congress ought to ask is this: What if our efforts to westernize
and democratize Iraq do not work? Who knows? Many believe that our pursuit
of nation building in Iraq will actually make things worse in Iraq,
in the entire Middle East, throughout the entire Muslim world, and even
here in the United States.
a risky venture, and new funding represents an escalation of our efforts
to defend a policy that has little chance of working.
no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, nor any evidence
that the army of Saddam Hussein could have threatened the security of
any nation, let alone the United States, a new reason is now given to
justify an endless entanglement in a remote area of the world 6,000
miles from our homeland.
now told that we must occupy Iraq to fight the terrorists that attacked
us on 9/11. Yet not one shred of evidence has been produced to show
that the Iraqi government had anything to do with 9/11 or any affiliation
people are first told they have to sacrifice to pay for the bombing
of Iraq. Now they must accept the fact that they must pay to rebuild
it. If they complain, they will be accused of being unpatriotic and
not supporting the troops. I wonder what a secret poll of our troops
would reveal about whether they thought public support for bringing
them home next week indicated a lack of support for their well-being.
that by not raising taxes to pay for the war we can fund it on the cheap.
We cannot. When deficits skyrocket the federal government prints more
money, the people are effectively taxed by losing value in their savings
and in their paychecks. The inflation tax is a sinister and evil way
to pay for unpopular wars. It has been done that way for centuries.
we shouldn't worry because we can find a way to pay for it. Already
we are charging our wounded soldiers $8.10 a day for food when recuperating
in a hospital from their war injuries. We also know that other soldiers
are helping out by buying their own night vision goggles, GPS devices,
short wave radios, backpacks, and even shoes! So I suppose we can fund
the war that way. It does not seem like much of a bother to cut veterans'
benefits. Besides, many conservatives for years have argued that deficits
do not really matter, only tax rates do. So let us just quit worrying
about deficits and this $87 billion supplemental. Of course I'm
though, funding for this misadventure should be denied no matter how
well-meaning its supporters are. To expect a better world to come from
force of arms abroad and confiscatory taxation at home is nothing but
a grand illusion. The sooner we face the reality, the better.
we nation-build in Iraq in the name of defeating terrorism, we ignore
our responsibilities to protect our borders at home while we compromise
the liberties of our citizens with legislation like the Patriot Act.
are two main reasons we need to reject the foreign policy of the past
50 years that has been used to rationalize our presence in Iraq. First,
the practical: We cannot expect to force western, U.S.-style democracy
on a nation that for over 1,000 years learned to live with and accept
an Islamic-based legal system. No matter what we say or believe, to
the Iraqis they have been invaded by the Christian west, and whether
it is the United States, U.N. or European troops that are sent to teach
them the ways of the west it will not matter.
we have no constitutional authority to police the world or involve ourselves
in nation building, in making the world safe for our style of democracy.
Our founders advised against it and the early presidents followed that
advice. If we believe strongly in our ideals, the best way to spread
them is to set a good example so that others will voluntarily emulate
us. Force will not work. Besides, we do not have the money. The $87
billion appropriations request should be rejected.