March 21, 2006

Iraq: Open Forum

Marc Comtois

Since Anchor Rising is primarily a blog about Rhode Island, we don't talk about the War in Iraq much. But I'm curious as to how Rhode Island conservatives view the situation three years out. So whether you're a neocon, a paleocon, a realist or a "to-hell-with-them-hawk," please comment on whether or not your outlook on the Iraq project has changed and in what ways. (If you're not a conservative, you can chime in too...but let's stay away from "war for oil" and all that, ok?)

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One quick thought on George Will’s position. What bothers me about it is that it seems to be awfully close to the old Jimmy Carter approach to foreign affairs -- if a totalitarian government comes to power somewhere, we shouldn’t work too hard to remove it, because we can’t really understand the internal dynamics of another society well enough to be effective.

This means the free world is always on the defensive, just trying to hold its ground, while totalitarian governments (who have no problem using whatever scale of violence will work to their advantage) are permanently free to expand.

If we are not willing to confront even the worst of the worst (and remember, Saddam Husein had gassed his own people, invaded neighboring countries on 2 separate occasions, and supported terrorism), then how do we keep dictators from ever increasing their strength and influence?

Posted by: Andrew at March 21, 2006 4:51 PM

Noone can honestly deny that the President said early-on, that the War on Terror would be different and often difficult.

I still believe the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do. I also support our continuing efforts to bring democracy to the middle east.

I still support the President and I am, quite frankly, proud of him for staying the course despite public opinion.

Despite the constant beating of negativity by the mainstream media, I am uplifted when people I trust, like Laura Ingraham and Col. Jack Jacobs return from Iraq with stories of high morale and the great accomplishments our troups have made in Iraq and Afganistan.

I believe any retreat from this extraordinary effort will lead to devistating effects on the free world. We need to take this fight to the enemy. We need to fight them on our terms and defeat them decisively.

My only criticism of the Bush Administration is that I believe we have so far waged a softer war than is prudent under the circumstances.

Nevertheless I am grateful for the President we have and for the courage and professionalism of our men and women in uniform. It is because of them that I am confident we will prevail.

Posted by: Stretch Cunningham at March 21, 2006 6:42 PM

I have always been of the opinion that the prosecution of the war beginning with Desert Storm was halted to early and should have resulted in the removal of Saddam Hussein back then. All through the 90's I kept wondering why his every provocation was ignored. So when this administration stood up to the challenge of finishing the earlier war, I was immensely relieved.

I think it is a bunch of bologna that public opinion is against the prosecution of the war on the Iraqi front. And that means public as in the members of the nation-wide community, not the public as in those who have the means or wherewithall to make their opinion public for all to see (and believe their opinion is popular because everybody else around them who can make their opinion public agrees with them).

I think the time is almost ripe now to set our sights on the Iranian mullahcracy. They have done everything short of openly declaring war against us, so say the sooner the better.

Posted by: smmtheory at March 22, 2006 11:02 PM