Don’t Pull Out Too Soon


Our fearless leader has pledged more troops to Iraq. Well done. A new idea? No. Will it work? Who knows?
As a nice, progressive, semi-hippie, bleeding heart liberal I can’t really jump up on my soap box and say, “Good job, Georgie” for sending more of my demographic out to die.

So where does that leave me? As a registered Democrat, I look towards my wonderful party’s great leadership and say, “You got a better idea?” And they say, “Well, yes, Duncan, we think that war is bad and so we should pull out our troops and bring them home where they’re safe and sound and they can stop killing Iraqis.” Almost as dumb as something a Republican from Texas would say.
As much as I hate to admit it, Jr.’s got this one half right. If the US pulled out of Iraq now, the Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds would have a grand old time blowing each other up into lots of lovely little hookah-smoking bits. Not that they’re not giving it their best shot at the moment, but without a few Brits and Yanks in between to slow them down, it would be twenty-four hour a day Arab soup-de-jour.

I don’t like the idea of guys my age (most of whom can’t find Iraq on a map, let alone expect to be culturally fluent) having to deal with sensitive geo-political war zones, but they did sign up for the US military. And they are doing what the US military should spend its time doing, namely defending innocent people from the wack-jobs in the world from killing them. That’s why most people love America – we protect the little guy from being gang raped by extremists (rather than the fact that we have participated in a few trains on Middle Eastern asses.)

I’m a liberal who thinks that we shouldn’t run away. Does that mean I’m not a coward? Not one of the so-called “party of defeat”? It means that I think that we, as a country, screwed up; that I believe in personal responsibility enough to think that we shouldn’t go puke on someone else’s carpet after drinking all their bourbon and then leaving the party before we clean up the diced carrots and yellow stuff slowly staining their rug.

The Dems are playing politics, here. None of the actual leaders in Washington believe that we should let those people be slaughtered (I hope), but they know that the war is so unpopular that they’ve made a political decision to get out, strengthening their 2008 position.

I realize that my fellow progressives will probably come to my house and lynch me for saying this, but give me a minute: it’s not just the left who are wrong here. (I said half right – did you really think I would left “Dubya” get off without his usual beating?)

It was the Right who puked on this oily carpet. They probably realize that now (even if they didn’t stick their finger down their throat – which they might have done), and so they probably know that they have to fix this. But as usual, the administration has taken its usual stance of sticking its fingers in its ears and singing “la la la la la la la” as loud as it can. Offer advice, assistance or even a meeting and you’ll get the same service you would expect from a Denny’s waitress at 4 AM after you’ve just pissed into a potted plastic plant in the corner of her section.

Iraq does not exist in a vacuum. They are an important center, not only for the world, but also for the entire Arab people. Not only do we have to keep our closely cropped boys with machine guns there, but we also need to talk to the frigging people. No one expects us to say sorry (no one ever expects America to apologize), but we should at least look a little regretful. With our sad-giant-with-bombs look neatly applied to our faces, we could get Iran and the rest of the Middle East to eat out of our hand.

When you stick you fingers in your ears and act like a child, it makes it easier for others to do the same. (Does “no, I am not stopping my nuclear program” sound familiar?)

After that, we need to do what Americans do best: spend money. Build nice schools, hospitals, and services; hand out food and give loans. When you’re sitting in your slightly dangerous Baghdad hookah café, smoking with your friends, and your wife has food at home and your children are safe in school, it doesn’t matter how much you hate the West or some other ethnic group, because the idea of strapping a bomb to your chest and blowing something up doesn’t sound so appealing. Besides, you’ve got a card game to finish.

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Mr. Idaho is the Managing Director of Lush For Life. When he's not running the business and writing, he enjoys playing golf at St. Andrew's in Scotland, and supervising the development of his family's winery, "Dread God Vineyards", in South Africa. During the summer months, he resides on board his luxurious full-sized yacht off the coast of Hong Kong, snorting cocaine off the breasts of $10,000 female escorts while further developing his off-shore contacts with Japanese and Chinese businessmen.

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  1. Jonathan April 13, 2007 at 12:52 am #

    I was never happy about the initial invasion of Iraq, but was never outwardly critical about it either. I just didn’t understand the reasoning behind it, and won’t ever claim to now.

    But thats not the issue. Thats done and over with. Now we have to look at whats in the best interests for the region now. Withdrawing now may be a mistake, perhaps even worse than the perceived mistake of invasion in the first place. The already delicate situation in the region has to be taken into account, and not just the egg on your face from previous decisions.

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to quote an entry from a blog entry I read on Guide to the Perplexed on the 2nd of April,

    02 April 2007 – Why should Jewish organizations push for Iraq withdrawal?
    http://guidetotheperplexed.blogspot.com/2007/04/02-april-2007-why-should-jewish.html

    “What would truly be immoral would be to withdraw and leave Iraqis on the verge of civil war, with no protection from external enemies or from each other. Jews often ask how we might avoid future Holocausts. If the U.S. pulls out of Iraq now, one is almost sure to commence immediately. Staying in Iraq is the only way to prevent it, and may be our moral obligation to do so, though the difficulties are tremendous.

    […]

    American troops in Iraq are protecting millions of innocent people from terror and war. They are also indirectly protecting the State of Israel from its most determined and dangerous foe. The death toll in Iraq has been high, but American casualties are low by historic standards. Perhaps it would have been better not to invade Iraq at all. That issue, however, is in the past, and we must face the challenges of today.”

    What do I support? I support America’s active prevetion of a further escalation of issues in the area.

  2. Linda May 1, 2007 at 11:51 am #

    I truly think all the troops should stay in for the long haul or for as long as it takes for stabilities to take place. It would be a BIG mistake to leave Iraq now. The democratic decision for pull out is wrong.

    The troops went in to help the Iraqi people and to help rebuild their already crumbling infrastructure.

    If people across the world think that what’s happening in Iraq now is appalling, and inhumane, then what’s around the corner for these innocent Iraqi people will be pure genocide.

    I read just the other day that close to 78.000 innocent Iraqi’s have been killed just by car bombs alone. That’s not including the thousands who are found tortured to death or who have had a bullet put though their skull or decapitation.

    From what I have heard and read the Senate just passed the bill on the 27th of April to start pulling the troops out of Iraq by Oct. 1st 07. It’s true, with that vote’ it now paves the way for a veto showdown with Bush. I hope he does it his Texas style way.. In other words I truly pray Bush wins, he’s now got a hell-of a battle in store for him and the Iraqi people’ now that he has two wars to fight, the war on World wide Terrorism, and the war at home with this horrifying democratic stupid decision to pull out.

    This pray bill will gets vetoed for certain. When it does I will be one to salute George Bush for doing so because I care about the future of this nation and the world. The talk of withdrawing our troops from Iraq has even democrats like Franklin D. Roosevelt “FDR” rolling in their graves. But then come to think about it, FDR would not even recognize the bastardation that his party has undergone in the last half century. If FDR were around today, he would be mocked to no end because he would have recognized the necessity to carry out this mission.

    I truly feel so sorry for President Bush, and what these poor and scared Iraqi people are going though now, and what’s coming after the Troops pull out. May God be with them all.

  3. Duncan Idaho May 1, 2007 at 12:38 pm #

    Linda, the comment about FDR rolling in his grave… did you actually see him rolling? Would you perhaps be interested in writing for us?

  4. Linda May 1, 2007 at 3:58 pm #

    Duncan Idaho I can’t write worth a %^&$.. sometimes….. LOL… I made a few mistakes in the first posting, maybe cause I am soooooooooooo pissed off about all this.. 🙁

    The place where I said: and I quote… LOL… This pray bill will gets vetoed for certain. What I &^%$# meant to type wassssssssss: > THIS bill’ I pray will get vetoed for certain… DAAAAAA!!! And I wasn’t even drinking when I typed the words…. BUT you know what I mean, for sure? Ohhhhhhh You need an edit thinky when some of us dumb a**s screw up in typing… LOL

    Oh and by the way! The dude FDR, Sure I seen him rolling in his grave, what makes you think I didn’t! 🙂

    What I said above I truly mean every word, and then some, all from the bottom of my heart. You have my e-mail address if you want to talk about the question you ask, e-mail me. I promise next time I will use Microsoft word for the corrections… Daaaaaa!! 🙂

    Linda…

  5. Duncan Idaho May 1, 2007 at 4:18 pm #

    No problem Linda. I don’t think you have to pray to get this thing a veto – I think by the time you read this it will be dead. Even though I wrote this opinion, I am starting to get sick of this war. We went in for the wrong reasons, and we should have some idea of how to get out. I don’t think that anyone knows for sure what will happen if the troops head home. I say stick them on a few carriers in international waters and see if the shits starts hitting the fan. If it does, put ’em back. If not, send them to Disney World.

  6. Linda May 1, 2007 at 5:55 pm #

    Well to be honest with you I don’t pray anymore, not that I did before’ too much, but my views are now that I have a bit more wisdom of the so-called Church, Islam, or Buddhism, or any other so-called manmade religion. What I am trying to say is: I really don’t care to pray to a manmade God of any source. The way I look at it all is: to each their own. If religion is what they believe in, then more power to them…. From what I have read though history, Mother Earth, Paganism is as close to any religion as I would want to be, with me being a woman’ ohhhh please worship me…I am the Goddess… J Well ya know what I mean!! J

    Dead, why would you think by the time I read what you say it will be dead? Hummmmm! Maybe not, let’s just wait and see’ we have 30 days remember. You say you are sick of this war. Babe you are not the only one who is sick, I for one was sick way before this war/occupation or whatever you want to call it. One thing we should remember is, it happened long before 9/11.

    One thing I have to hand to Bush is’ he has the balls enough to fight back to these types of Terrorist groups, Al-Qadea, and many more terrorist groups. Think about it’ for more than 30 years now these types of terrorist groups world wide’ have bombed, and destroyed something to do with the west, US, UK, and tons of US interest, US allies, all the past 30 or more. My point of view is: it’s about time we have another FRD as President…. “BUSH”…. J Now that we have him, he is put down, ridiculed, and lied about, mocked to no end.

    I am sure you remember before 9/11. I know for a fact when I needed to know something that was a fact, the truth, real, all I had to do was type in the Google search of what I needed to know, and wala there it was, first in the line. Now I have to sift though all the B.S. propaganda before I find what I am looking for as what’s a fact, the truth, real. The Net now is getting to the point where nothing is what it was, or what we know it as the truth, especially when it comes to the war, and Bush.

    I have a friend that I met on Yahoo messenger just after the BIG hurricane hit in the Cayman Islands back in 04. {Which is where I live}…. Anyway he lives in Baghdad, he’s an Iraqi. I met him just before their elections. When he and him family voted for democracy he said they had to go to the voting polls in groups in fear because the insurgents had threatened to kill the people who voted. I’m sure you read all that in the news medias and know that what he said was the truth. He said when HE voted for his freedom and democracy’ when he walked out of the place he voted, he felt like an American Citizen. He also told me that the Iraqi people HAD to vote for Saddam when he ruled, or they were put in prisons. What I am saying is just a short version of what he said that day. Now what he says’ that is happening there now, that it’s not the Iraqi people who are murdering the Iraqi people; he says these Insurgent murderers are coming from Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and parts of Saudi Arabia, and a few surrounding countries murdering them because they wanted freedom, and democracy from the type of rule they had with Saddam, and his killer thugs.

    What I see now is that our President sees the same as what was happening when Saddam was in rule, and now HE has to fight his battle all alone because a lot of what we read online now is just WAR PROPAGANDA just like what the past wars produced in their war propaganda posters and such. Now…… Hell we have the Internet, and it’s way more deadly than what any of the past wars could ever produce as far as any type of war propaganda’ it’s nasty.

    I really have lot’s more to say, BUT I just don’t have the time to say it all right now. Later!! :)Keep in touch…I’ll be back!

    Take care… 🙂
    Linda

  7. Duncan Idaho May 1, 2007 at 7:29 pm #

    Fair enough. But I think that there wouldn’t be insurgents blowing up elections in Iraq if we had just stayed out of it. What on Earth did Iraq have to do with 911 anyway? I’m sure your friend hated Saddam, but what would he prefer? Having to vote for someone he doesn’t like or go to jail; or vote for anyone he like and possibly get car bombed at the polling station.

    Look. No one is saying that Saddam was a good guy. But he hated Bin-Laden, he hated Iran, he hated fundamentalists and he kept the country somewhat under control. Sure, he was an asshole, dictatorial bad guy of note, but there are lots of bad-guys even crazier and much more dangerous than he was. I don’t see us running into North Korea, who have a WMD or two for sure, lob missiles over our allies heads and actively help Iran. Why? Because none of them “tried to kill my dad”.

    Bush isn’t even the real problem here. It’s the nut case neo-cons left over from Nixon’s era, you know, the “lets carpet bomb Cambodia” fellows like Rummy and Cheney. You want “PROPAGANDA”? Look at how they even fooled poor Powell, the UN and the entire US. I don’t trust these guys as I could throw Cheney (not very far, but I’d like to try). Its time we put some people in power who we can at least give a chance to trust (they ARE politicians remember).

  8. Linda May 2, 2007 at 2:51 pm #

    I agree if we hadn’t of taken the war to Iraq then yes the insurgents wouldn’t causing a the hell-on-earth their now. BUT’ and I hate saying but, we can’t take back what Bush’ and companies decision was four long years ago. What the awful thing is’ we now have to deal with what is happening there, and hope it will play out and something good will happen in the end.
    This sad and thought provoking video shows what kind of monsters we are dealing with. These are hateful, evil people who blame everyone in the world for their own problems. I believe that anyone who uses God’s name to hate, or to justify unjust actions has no respect for anything even his/her own life. I think these Islamic terrorists defame their own God in such a huge and destructive way even when they scream out to their own God saying Allah Akbar as they kill the innocents in the most unspeakable evilest ways. I hope that one day soon they will begin to see the truth and soon reject this path of destruction and evil. Please watch this movie. http://www.archive.org/details/aflamwatha2qya This evil jihad war is going on all over the world. many Countries. When they brought their Jihad war to our country it not only provoked the US people, it provoked the world’s people. everyday Muslims are not the bad people; it’s radical so-called Muslims who are the evil people. American and this world’s people needs to wakeup, and see what is really happening in the minds of these evil so-called radical Muslims.

    The true Muslims, and Christians, and Jews, and all religions, and all the worlds people needs to pull together and fight this jihad war that these evil so-called Muslim Jihads who have declared their jihad war not only on the American people, and US soil, but the worlds people and the worlds countries.

    These guys are not only killing who they call “Kafir’s” but they are killing Muslims too! That is why I think the many different worlds people, and religions needs to pull together and fight these Jihad terrorist.

    Later!
    Linda

  9. Linda May 2, 2007 at 3:41 pm #

    Ohhhh…. So sorry for going way off topic! 🙁

    Later!

    Linda….

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