Originally Posted by GMISBEST.
Botnst]Good, now we get to see you more or less as you really are rather than a dodge-and-weave parody of a Bush-ite. Honesty becomes you. I added the numbers so I could make sure I addressed your questions.
1. I have no idea. If we assume that "mission" is used in its usual context, that is as the means to an objective in a battle, then I would have to ask which battle, which mission?
What was our mission? What is our vision?
2. Because as Powell is reported to have said, "You break it, you own it." We also paid for a large portion of rebuilding Germany, Japan and S. Korea. We also helped rebuild most of western Europe. From those efforts we have received no compensation. Perhaps that is a precedent?
We still have bases there and we seem to get along with everyone and still contribute to their economies because of our presence, why are the ayrabs so resistant to assimilate?
2.1 - 2.3. If we asked for (or seized) compensation then it will prove to the world that all we really wanted to do was colonize Iraq for oil. That would be a very bad strategic move. We seem to be able to afford to pay for it at this point. The long-term prognosis for continuing to foot the bill (IMO) is not good, IMO
so what is our strategy? was it only to topple Saddam? Did we have specific goals with drawn outcomes to make up a strategy? Was nation building part of this strategy?
I hope you can help with some answers Bot because these are going to be questions I have to put together when I go to Georgetown U next fall. I just hope that my prof. will not be a lib faggot
1. I asked you almost exactly the same question.
2. When we first put bases in those countries they were not pleased with garrisoned troops on their land. many of them are still not happy with it. For example, we are moving marines and other forces off of Okinawa in a phased withdrawal at Japan's request. Over the decades since WWII we have closed bases in Japan, Phillipines, England, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, and Micronesia. Mostly at the request of the host nations. I guess it depends on how we define "get along"? For example, we have a military base in Guantanamo Cuba. Do we "get along" with Cuba?
2.1-2.3 I don't know how you may have missed the many, many, many speeches by various talking heads in and our of government since late 2002. I invite you to do the research, for it is all there in excruciating detail.
Don't like it? That's okay, a lot of folks don't like it. Maybe next time your guy will win the election and we'll getto do things your way. The best opportunity is for you to get out there and work for a change in the Congress so that more Democrats will get into the Houses of Congress and can push the government in a different direction. That's why we have elections. They are a peaceful way to change government. IMO your team has an excellent shot at taking control of the House and a smaller chance of taking the Senate. Get out there and work for it rather than whine about it.