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Sirveri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 12:38 PM
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5. It's a hard question to answer
It's pretty clear that what we're doing right now isn't working. But at the same time, Iraq has the second largest reserves of oil in the world, letting the entire country descend into civil war wouldn't be good for our strategic interests. I think we do need to do something about the situation, but I'm not sure pulling our troops out is the right thing to do at the moment. We did make the mess, we should at least try to clean up after ourselves.
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  -Question for those who don't want to pull out now. DrWeird  May-21-04 12:26 PM   #0 
  - Even if we stay......  CulturalNomad   May-21-04 12:29 PM   #1 
  - Here's the problem  sirjwtheblack   May-21-04 12:30 PM   # 
  - If a gang broke into your home, killed your dog, raped your wife...  htuttle   May-21-04 12:42 PM   #6 
  - Gangs are not governments or states  sangh0   May-21-04 12:50 PM   #10 
     - The analogy seems rather apt in this case.  woofless   May-21-04 12:56 PM   #15 
        - Well, that was persuasive  sangh0   May-21-04 02:11 PM   #30 
  - The trouble with that sentiment friend  MadHound   May-21-04 12:53 PM   #13 
  - Laughing. We can't even ensure a fair election in our own country  Tinoire   May-21-04 01:55 PM   #27 
  - sounds like a perfect description of the political situation...  mike_c   May-21-04 01:59 PM   #28 
  - The UN did not get involved in Viet Nam  sangh0   May-21-04 12:30 PM   #2 
  - As I see it  ewagner   May-21-04 12:33 PM   #3 
  - We ARE the security problem  rucky   May-21-04 12:35 PM   #4 
  - Civil war  Sparkly   May-21-04 12:44 PM   #7 
     - Why don't you check out the history of their last civil war?  htuttle   May-21-04 12:47 PM   #8 
     - WHy don't you take your own advice  sangh0   May-21-04 12:51 PM   #11 
     - Why don't you check out the history of the last time the US invaded  Sparkly   May-21-04 12:53 PM   #14 
        - Thanks Sparkly  ewagner   May-21-04 01:53 PM   #26 
     - 100% fear & speculation n/t  rucky   May-21-04 12:52 PM   #12 
        - You mean there's an effective Iraqi army, and an Iraqi government,  Sparkly   May-21-04 12:57 PM   #16 
           - I would not deny any of those factors exist  htuttle   May-21-04 01:06 PM   #21 
           - And I wouldn't deny that we aren't fit to be doing any of this  Sparkly   May-21-04 05:36 PM   #37 
           - False choice between occupation & anarchy  rucky   May-21-04 01:12 PM   #22 
  - It's a hard question to answer  Sirveri   May-21-04 12:38 PM   #5 
  - Not good for our strategic interests?  MadHound   May-21-04 01:02 PM   #19 
  - The price of oil  Sirveri   May-21-04 03:48 PM   #32 
     - Yah....that approach has been working GREAT so far....  htuttle   May-21-04 03:51 PM   #33 
     - Asking the US to provide stability in the ME is like  MadHound   May-21-04 04:34 PM   #34 
  - "cleaning up our mess" is a horrible analogy....  mike_c   May-21-04 02:10 PM   #29 
  - You're right in that we need a better plan than just "stay."  library_max   May-21-04 12:49 PM   #9 
  - I'm would echo what others have said...  RoyGBiv   May-21-04 01:01 PM   #17 
  - you've got questions...  Mattforclark   May-21-04 01:01 PM   #18 
  - The UN and NATO won't go in to help unless US forces are backing them  blm   May-21-04 01:06 PM   #20 
  - Answers  bryant69   May-21-04 01:14 PM   #23 
  - "Want" is the wrong word  WilliamPitt   May-21-04 01:18 PM   #24 
  - I think the US has a blind spot on what will emerge in Iraq  htuttle   May-21-04 01:51 PM   #25 
  - very well said....  mike_c   May-21-04 02:15 PM   #31 
  - Your analogy with Iran is well taken  eridani   May-21-04 05:57 PM   #38 
  - Thank you. You said exactly what I was thinking, and  Fla Dem   May-21-04 05:12 PM   #36 
  - So where is the 'disaster' in withdrawing from Fallujah?  eridani   May-21-04 06:15 PM   #39 
  - We should retreat to a handful of remote locations  troublemaker   May-21-04 04:53 PM   #35 
 

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