It did not work. The problem with terrorists is that they conform to their own rules, whatever they choose them to be. You basically have a clash of values and one side of the issue has to convince the other side of the issue that their behavior is not acceptable and that they must change that behavior. This is what is going on in Iraq today.
He came to power through murder and assasination and continued to hold that power through those means. He was part of the terrorist activities taking place in the Middle East and was a threat to his neighbors. Since we now live in a global society, he was ultimately a threat to the United States and had to go. Finally, I must say that in terms of what is taking place in Iraq today, again the mainstream media is letting the American public down.
I have a member of my extended family who is a Lt. Army Reserves, currently serving in Iraq. Outside of the hot spots in the Sunni Triangle, most of Iraq is relatively peaceful and getting on with their lives. He reports that the U.
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I have read that northern Iraq, the home of the Kurds, is like being in southern California, the result of the benefit of being protected by the U. Air Force in the no-fly zone for over ten years. You certainly do not get a feel for that in the mainstream media. Southern Iraq and the city of Basra are doing quite well thanks to the efforts of our British allies.
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He briefly discusses intelligence problems, arguing that many reports are uselessly vague. DeLong laments that there will always be somebody — he names former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke — who will claim after the fact that intelligence was overlooked.
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Interestingly, President Bush's May 1, statement on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, that major combat operations were at an end, was done for the benefit of foreign ears: DeLong and Franks successfully argued that many countries would only send troops to Iraq for peacekeeping if the major conventional war was declared over.
While foreign assistance was critical to DeLong's mission, some foreign partners hardly lacked for self-interest:. Nor does DeLong care for the exiles who wanted positions of responsibility in post-war Iraq but would not join the liberation war. The mass murderer sucked up to DeLong in a vain attempt to chisel a deal.
Looking at this villain, DeLong comments, "I was staring at the very reason we went to war. His frustration with the media for not reporting this is palpable in his comments. Donald Rumsfeld might be a demanding SecDef, but he also will back his people up.
As in other situations, DeLong backs this up, citing the way Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz defended the successful November attack on a car full of terrorists in Yemen. DeLong merely mentions seeing Rumsfeld assisting victims of the attack, and Franks merely says DeLong told him what Rumsfeld was doing.
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