I thought it was a good speech. He seemed to lay out some compelling reasons why Mr. Hussein shouldn't stick around any longer than he has to.
Giving the people who live in Iraq a break from this insane, evil asshole is reason enough, IMO. It'll probably be the happiest day of their lives when they realize they are freer and don't have to live in fear and dread 24/7.
I guess I'm naive, but I don't see what the problem is. Seems very clear-cut to me: Hussein was supposed to do this, this and this. He agreed. 12 years later, after numerous "second chances", waiting, talking, sending inspectors in, out, back, out again, back in, etc. he hasn't done that, that and that.
I think he's unstable and dangerous. I think he poses a genuine, honest-to-goodness threat.
Anyone who think we're "rushing" to anything needs to tweak their definition of the word "rush" because he's had more time and more "second chances" than anyone I can think of. I admire our restraint sometimes.
Hussein could simply put an end to all of this today if he wanted to. He obviously doesn't.
I tend to want to believe (and put my trust and faith in) the President, Powell, Rumsfeld, the U.N. inspectors, Iraqi defectors, intelligence reports, etc. more than I do Hollywood actors, naked Bay Area protestors and college students.
But that's just me.
Nothing wrong with acting, being naked or in college, of course. But I don't think they're in as good a position to truly know circumstances, inside info, strategies, etc. as the others are. It's simply not their job, nor are they privy to everything. Powell trumps Sarandon on this, fellas.
And I know that some are just philosophically against war and violence no matter what. And I respect that...who the hell - in their right mind - likes war? But it doesn't make them "right" in every case. And I simply think they're wrong in this one.
If it wasn't for a few nasty, brutal wars, they might not have the ability to even protest, raise their voices and otherwise experience all these cool freedoms many take for granted. There's an awesome connection there between the two that I think gets overlooked and ignored sometimes.
It cuts both ways: sometimes you have to break a few eggs and endure some nasty business to come out the other side and realize "okay, that was worth it...look at the outcome".
That doesn't (and shouldn't) make a "blind patriot" or whatever the term used in that other thread. I'd MUCH prefer (because I have friends over there as we speak, who - if things got bad and went horribly awry - I might not ever see or talk to again
) that Hussein woke up tomorrow morning, realized what an asshole he's been, realizes the jig is up, gives the inspectors everything they're asking for and either eats a bullet for dinner or simply grabs some cash and splits to an island somewhere and just lives the rest of his life fishing and snorkeling and reading quietly on his porch.
I'd love for there to not to be one bomb dropped, rifle fired or missile launched. But...
Just seems very cut-and-dried to me. If I saw things in a few more hundred shades of gray, maybe it would be different...
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