Lastly, I have steered clear of politics because it seems to me that many Americans have shown themselves to be very different than what the media tells us. Instead of a polarized country of Hannitys, Limbaughs and O'Reilleys on 1 side and Moores, Mahers and Moveons on the other, I have seen a vast middle group of independently minded Moderates that feel things have gone too far right and gotten too corrupt. They want fiscal responsibility, civility and common sense in a foreign policy.
If I am suddenly in the mainstream, there is little to say.
Of course, I would still like to point my Ostrich friends (those that still support the Fiasco in the Desert*) to this article by Republican Senator (Nebraska) Chuck Hagel on leaving Iraq honorably (Hagel is a Veteran, unlike much of the Administration). Among my favorite lines is this:
Militaries are built to fight and win wars, not bind together failing nations. We are once again learning a very hard lesson in foreign affairs: America cannot impose a democracy on any nation- regardless of our noble purpose.I would also like to point those that still believe that the Rich pay the lion's share of the tax burden while the Poor do not to this from Crunchy Con Rod Dreher, quoting an interview by Ben Stien (noted conservative who believes we need to raise taxes to promote fiscal stability) of Warren Buffett (who believes the rich should have the burden but don't). This is not Liberal bias, but true conservatives that understand the reality of the situation. The Rich get off easy (and Right Wing Radio lies). Also, read the links. They give context to the superiority of this argument.
We have misunderstood, misread, misplanned and mismanaged our honorable intentions in Iraq with an arrogant self-delusion reminiscent of Vietnam. Honorable intentions are not policies and plans. Iraq belongs to the 25 million Iraqis who live there. They will decide their fate and form of government.
*as I have stated before I am in a sticky situation as a Pacifist that did not agree with America fighting this War of Choice. I believe we must stay in Iraq until we have helped them stabilizee. I believe we have a responsibility to help clean up the mess we created.