I have seldom felt so strongly about an issue affecting our country. I urge everyone to protest against the deployment of more troops to Iraq. Protest in any way you can - as loudly as you can - to prevent this huge mistake.
I am on record as being against this war from the very beginning. Some have accused me of being unpatriotic. Peace is patriotic. I have two arguments against the war - first, we had no way of predicting the problems we would get into, and second, although it was easy to get into the war, it would be very difficult to get out.
At this point we need to develop a strategy for the earliest possible withdrawal. I do not know enough to say when we can start the withdrawal or when we can be completely out, but it is obvious that sending in more troops will certainly make getting out more difficult.
We got into this war through a combination of ignorance, arrogance, deception and a poor sense of history. Had Congress (or the American people) been given the facts, or had they made some reasonable projections of the true costs, Congress would never have voted to support this war. Yes, we got rid of Saddam Hussein, but was it really worth the cost?
- 3,000 American dead, 45,000 American wounded and 600,000 Iraqi dead. Plus a total cost projection of $1 trillion.
The last Congress did not do its job. Certainly we should support our troops, but saying OK to $500 million for a U.S. embassy that may never be used just does not make any sense.
Now that we have a new Congress that is not willing to simply rubber stamp every administration decision, we have a chance to put a brake on the escalation. The president is commander in chief, but the Congress and the American people have substantial moral suasion.
It is time to stop this madness.