BugsyR wrote:I will answer your questions but I'm waiting for an answer to mine:
1. Do you have a reference for is this statement? "Almost all the other Presidents we have had, including Bush one, realized what a horrible situation it would be (for generations of Americans to come) to have innocent Iraqi children standing over the dead, mangled bodies of their parents while watching the large, gun toting American GI's march around their neighborhoods. Kids don't understand the geo-political reasons for anything but conclude that all Americans are Devils!"
Especially where you insinuate that all Americans are Devils because of the gun toting G.Is.
2. Do you have an experience of visiting the middle east in person or just on the media driven tube?
Look Mike, You misread me.,.......I didn't insinuate that "all Americans are Devils".......That is the way many Iraqi kids are looking at our GI's over there, & those kids will be tomorrow's suicide bombers.
2. I have never been stationed in the middle east, but I have spoken to many people who have, including a number of DEA Agents who were stationed there & understand the vast complexity of the region & problem.
As far as the rest of your post & a reference to my above statement......I will let Dick Cheney asnswer your questions;
Edit: When you say this..."If it's a classified mission...you will never hear about it...unless you have a relative there and they don't know how to silence themselves. I know, some people don't accept the "you should know what I know" argument. Oh well. "........I had a Top Secret security clearance, (as all DEA Agents are required to have & maintain) & am quite aware of a number of programs & missions that our government has run in the middle east for the last 30 years. I don't know what specific missions (within Iraq) that you are alluding to here but no mission will change the hearts & minds of Iraqi's who have seen their loved ones killed or maimed by our troops or bombs......Regardless of the self defense necessity for it or our good intentions. Just listen to the wise words of Dick Cheney...He was right back then.....It is a quagmire we need to extricate ourselves from ASAP.
When you say this..."The war started anyway, permitted by our Congress,"....The Congress & the American people bought a defective used car of a war sold to us by the worst lying used car salesman in American history. To claim that we now need to keep trying to fix this "Lemon" is just throwing good money after bad, & young lives after those already dead.