Bring troops home now

Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 06:11 AM

As al-Qaeda, teaming up with Sunni insurgents, have declared all-out war on the Shiites in Iraq, it is time for U.S. troops to come home.

Face it.  It's over.  Whatever grand scheme our dear leader had in mind -- democracy and freedom for Iraq (HAH!  Like that was the plan all along!) -- it's over.

Iraq is engaged in a civil war.  The "insurgents" blew up scores of civilians again yesterday.  I thought we were hanging out in Iraq to protect these people so they could be free?  We were going to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, remember?  If I was an Iraqi citizen, I'd want the U.S. to get the fuck out now.  The longer we stay, the more innocent Iraqis will die because al-Qaeda and the Sunnis want to rid the country of the "crusaders" and those who support them.

There is nothing we can do to prevent this civil war, and no good can come with us being there during their civil war.  A civil war WE started.  Because we are SO concerned about their freedom.

Saddam was a horrible leader.  But he was no threat to us or our allies.  We had no business going there in the first place.  Are things better in Iraq NOW than when Saddam was in power?  I bet if you'd ask the average Iraqi citizen, they'd say NO.  No running water, little or no electricity and possibly getting blown the fuck up when you're looking for a job or buying some groceries are little things that tend to bring people down.

The new constitution is going to limit freedom for women.  (I guess they don't count...)  It gives the oil rich regions to the Kurds and the Shiites.  (You don't have to wonder why the Sunnis might be a little pissed off about that.)

And here's the biggest irony: Iraq is growing ever tighter with IRAN.  Was that the goal of this administration?  Iran, part of the "Axis of Evil?"  Who our government is accusing of attempting to produce nuclear weapons?  We want Iran and Iraq to be pals?

Hell, I probably could have planned this whole thing better than Dubbie and the Evil Minions of Freedom did.  Of course, I wouldn't have sent the men and women of the U.S. military over there for a big honking lie in the first place...

Anyway, back to my original point, our troops need to come home.  Immediately.  And if Dubbie can't admit he made a mistake in sending them there in the first place, or for not having a strategy to keep the peace, or for not having an exit strategy, or whatever, all he would have to do is say, "Ok, it's over.  Time to come home."

I'd settle for that, for now.