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phleshdef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-22-11 02:24 PM
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24. If Bush has sold the Iraq war to the Congress and the American people as a mission take out a cruel dictator and save the Iraqi people from oppression, IF that was the official argument used to sell it and IF the American people and the US Congress still bought what he sold, then he WOULD have been justified. I'm not saying that it would have still been sold to me personally, it likely would not have, but if the American public as a whole knew he wanted to go in for that particular reason and approved of the going in based on that, then we would have a different story on our hands.

Thats not what happened though. Bush sold us the Iraq war based on the fear that Hussein was basically stockpiling any WMD he could get his hands on with the notion that it would be used on American interests that he could reach. And it was based on lies. We never found what we were going in for. It wasn't there. And that was just the beginning of how things went wrong with Bush and Iraq.

Thus far, I don't think we are being lied to about Ghaddafi. I think its true that he has had thousands killed over the past few weeks. I think its true that he will kill thousands more. That the violence will push people fleeing from Libya into the countries that surround it which are all in the middle of their own civil uprising problems. I think that dynamic will destabilize the middle east even moreso and will lead to a massive humanitarian crisis. I think we can stop that from happening by stopping Ghaddafi. I think we can do it without putting troops on the ground.

Of course we can't respond to every possible humanitarian crisis in a military fashion. Of course we haven't always responded to one when we could have and of coruse there are similar problems in other countries that we aren't responding to. None of that cancels out the fact that its a good thing to stand between Ghaddafi and mass genocide, at this moment, while we actually have a chance to intervene in a way that matters. Its not a damn thing like Iraq in the least.
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