Originally Posted by jimmac
But, but we're there to " free " them! They're welcoming us! Don't you remember?
Uh huh. We are bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq. The war was dubbed Operation Iraqi Liberat... as you were.... Operation Iraqi Freedom. OIF. (Wolfowitz et al)
No, the war is to disarm Saddam Hussein of his WMDs... (GWB, Rice etc)
But wait, its all about payback for 9/11. Saddam Hussein had a part to play in the attacks (Cheney, administration officials)
Actually, its really about Israel's security (Philip Zelikow)
Hang on, that guy tried to kill my dad... (GWB)
No, seriously folks, its the center piece in the "war on terrorism". Thats why we went in. (take your pick of administration officials)
But really, it needs to be done to prevent al Qaeda seizing control of Iraq's oilfields (GWB)
No, its about petrodollars: Saddam Hussein was threatening to drop the US Dollar as oil currency in exchange for the Euro (not mentioned by administration officials)
Or.. it was decided in 1996 that all out US military presence (takeover) of the Middle East was a necessity (PNAC/IASPS)
Other reasons have been quoted, but I can't recall them all off hand.
Its lucky dip. We've been there now for 5.75 years (longer than US involvement in WWII), and we're not leaving in a hurry. Just because President Bush is soon to be ex-President Bush, and the neocons have crawled away from the streetlamps' glare back to the sewage pipes doesn't mean squat. We're almost $1 Trillion in the hole because of this adventure, and such a massive investment (infrastructure, military bases, a Vatican sized Embassy etc etc) won't be abandoned by the Obama team. Perhaps we should put it to the Iraqi people as a referendum: how would you like to be US State #51? They may go for it. Then they really can have freedom and democracy, and we won't need to withdraw the troops.....
Prediction: US forces will still be in Iraq at least two (possibly 4) years from now (probably 4), and will definitely remain in Afghanistan by the time of Obama's (theoretical) reelection bid, November 2012.