2003 Iraq War - Political Issue Guide
We go to war because it’s so easy. It’s as simple as that.
"The first time you shoot someone, you get a little nervous. You think, can I really shoot this guy? Is it really okay? But after you kill your enemy, you see it’s okay. You say, Great. You do it again. And again. You do it so the enemy won’t kill you or your countrymen. You do it until there’s no one left for you to kill. That’s what war is.
We have seen this story play out in countless midterm elections before. Members of the party the President belongs to run as far away from him as possible and members of the opposition try to tie members of the President's party to him at every turn.
At what point do you label a military operation a war? Without getting into the pros and cons, the rights and wrongs of bombing Syria, I still wonder at what point the American people, Congress and President Obama are willing to say 'Yes, we are at war with the Islamic State'. Let's try and break this down.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Saigon#mediaviewer/File:Saigon-hubert-van-... Senators John McCain and Lyndsay Graham's New York Times Op Ed of the 29th of August "Stop Dithering and Confront ISIS" has a rather pointless "just do something" sense to it that belies the fact that McCain was a prisoner of war in a conflict based on the same sentiment.
Stuart Bowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, recently released a report outlining massive fraud totaling at least eight billion US dollars. If you haven't heard about this, it may be because many of the major networks chose not to talk about the report at all. ABC, CBS, and CNN all devoted no time to this subject, while FOX News and NBC devoted a combined thirty-five seconds. PBS News Hour and MSNBC are the only networks that devoted more than ten minutes to the story.
While serving in Taji, Iraq, West received information from an intelligence specialist about a reported plot to ambush him and his men. Yahya Jhodri Hamoodi, a civilian Iraqi police officer, was implemented in the plot. Hamoodi was detain and beaten when he allegedly reached for his weapon. West then fired his pistol near Hamoodi's head, after which Hamoodi provided West with names and information, which Hamoodi later described as "meaningless information induced by fear and pain." One of these suspects was arrested as a result, but no plans for attacks or weapons were found. West was charged with violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
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Shiite militias have surged into Iraq's Anbar province, a largely Sunni region, in a government-sanctioned bid to recap...
Dick Cheney in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute summarized why in his view "terrorists" hate us: "Our belief in freedom of speech and religion … our belief in equal rights for women … our support for Israel … our cultural and political influence in the world – these are the true sources of resentment". The "our support for Israel" is seldom mentioned by politicians or media in this context.
"Dick Cheney in 2007 continued to make the false allegation that Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11: ...the fact of the matter is, in terms of threats to the United States from al Qaeda, for example, attacks on the United States -- they didn't need an excuse. We weren't in Iraq when they hit us on 9/11 ."
Dick Cheney rationalizing the invasion of Iraq on Meet the Press said “It was the right thing to do, and if we had to do it again, we would do exactly the same thing.”
"Dick Cheney falsely implied links of well known al Qaeda terrorists to Iraq: You've got to remember that the Osama bin Laden-types, the al Qaeda-types, the Zarqawi-types that have been active in Iraq are betting that ultimately they can break the United States' will ."
"Dick Cheney speaking at the National Press Club about Iraq falsely claimed that I guess if I look back on it now, I don't think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we've encountered . In fact, military and intelligence agencies repeatedly warned of the threats, but these were ignored."
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