Originally Posted by Botnst
I took GS' words and their meaning and extrapolated one possible interpretation. You provide another. I suspect that GS has his own interpretation.
You misunderstood everything I said concerning my support of invading, decapitating, and reforming Iraq. For me, it is strictly about oil. Having an expansionist, murderous dictator follow-through on his oft-stated plan to control 3/4 of the planetary oil supply was not my favorite foreign policy direction. You see, industrial agriculture and transportation are directly dependent on oil. We simply cannot feed 6 billion people on this planet without industrial agriculture and without modern transportation. We can feed about 3 billion on pre-industrial agriculture and transportation. That leaves about 3 billion people to starve to death.
Saddam had demonstrated that he didn't give a shit for human life but he dearly loved having control over it. By controlling 3/4 of the oil supply, he would have controlled the lives of all inhabitants of the terrestrial ball. For he who can destroy a thing, controls that thing.
Concerning elected officials, I don't much give a damn what they say but I do care about what they do. In this instance I agreed with the tactical goal for my own strategic ends.
It's like getting on a bus. I don't really give a damn what the bus driver tells me about his motivations for getting somewhere. I see where the bus is going and get on it if it is going where I want to go.
Thanks for reiterating your Iraq invasion position again. I know it's tedious. Especially since I was too lazy to do a search....
However, your particular reasoning for the Iraq invasion wasn't my point. I was merely saying that I knew you had other reasons for supporting the invasion, but most Americans were supportive because they were told the country was harboring terrorists and that by toppling Saddam we'd be preventing further attacks on our own soil.
I believed that GS was pointing out that the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 were here, not in Iraq, and that by attacking Iraq we have diverted attention away from the real problem.
There's more to this, but, to be honest, I can't be bothered--I'm hungry, and that is way
more important than Iraq or Florida or anything, really.