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7.11.2005
  Iraq War
Friends know that I supported going into Iraq and I continue to support our presence there. They also know that I think war sucks.

In any case, I believe debating whether or not we should have "gone in" is a complete waste of time. If you're concerned about the future of Iraqi citizens or if you're concerned about the lives of American solders, then your time is better spent discussing what needs to be done today in Iraq. Let's talk "exit strategies" not "Bush lied".

"Right Wing News" (surely an unbiased source of objective reporting) has a list of "myths" about the war. It's worth reading because I hope it helps move the debate where it should be... on the here and now. My response to the myths:
Call me naive, but I don't believe we went into Iraq because of Oil or for Haliburton. I believe Bush took us into Iraq in an earnest attempt to strike at the heart of terrorism. If you don't believe he is being honest about our intentions in Iraq, then I ask you to assume it for the debate. I hate war and I hate that our solders are in harms way in Iraq, but I don't know of any viable alternatives to combating terrorism.
 
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You wrote: "I hate war and I hate that our solders are in harms way in Iraq, but I don't know of any viable alternatives to combating terrorism."

Actually, there is very strong evidence that having troops in Iraq is not a viable way to combat terrorism and is actually actively contributing to terrorism.

Robert Pape, who has spent the last two years analyzing every recorded case of suicide bombing since 1980, says: "The central motive for anti-American terrorism, suicide terrorism, and catastrophic terrorism is response to foreign occupation, the presence of our troops."

Worth reading:
http://www.amconmag.com/2005_07_18/article.html
 
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