Originally posted by SDW2001
Oh superb! Let the insults fly. Unless you have an argument to counter what I posted, then take your rolleyes smiley and.....
Like Bush or hate him, this is huge for him politically It's huge for Iraq. It's huge for the troops and coalition.
Tell me otherwise.
I'm sorry if that rolleyes hurt your feewings. You made a stupid post, and deserved it. Just consider it tough love. It hurt me more than it hurt you.
Do you really not see how crass it is to talk about how this affects Bush in his domestic political situation, hours after this happens? I'm sure there are plenty of Bush's political hacks who see things that way, but why must you? Are you on Karl Rove's e-mail distribution list or something?
"Tell me otherwise" - OK. The only way it helps Bush is if this changes the situation in Iraq. If it slows down the daily killing of US soldiers, it may make people's perception of the situation as a quagmire somewhat less negative than it is now. The drawback of the new framing of this military action as a humanitarian one, done for the Iraqi people, rather than to defend the US from Iraq's WMD, is that it matters less to Americans. "OK, great, we got him, now let's get out so we can stop spending money and getting Americans killed" will be the response, IMO. And of course we can't do that.
And whether it slows down the killing of US troops really depends on the source of the attacks. If these attacks were being carried out primarily by Saddam loyalists, hoping for the day that he could return to power, then this will obviously help. On the other hand, it could also tick them off enough that there will be an increase in attacks. Especially if, as suspected, there's a lengthy show trial in Iraq. But if these attacks are not from Sodomites, but rather bin-Ladenites, as many have suggested, then this won't phase them at all.