Date registered: Mar 2006
Vehicle: Older, 4 wheels, Functioning Stereo
Location: Sacramento, CA - US
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Of course there were WMDs. What was lacking was a formidable method of deployment. Furthermore, there was no way to deploy the amount of chemicals needed for a substantial attack based on the degradation rate of the pre-gulf war stockpile.
Really - how many people understand what that means? People want a story that can be wrapped up within 30 seconds. They don't want to make an effort to understand different deployment methods there are for chemical weapons. They certainly don't have the patience to learn about how VX gas will degrade at __% per year at a storage temp of ___ degrees, etc.
Remember - news had to be fed to people like any other prime time sitcom. If it's not 23 minutes plus commercials, people want nothing to do with it.
Were there WMDs? Nothing that was considered a threat to anyone but the Kurds. I'm not downplaying the Kurdish people - but calling them Iraqi is like calling Palestinians Israeli. Nobody can convince me that we're at war to save the Kurds. If that was the case, we wouldn't have allowed them to be slaughtered at the end of the Gulf War.
Everyone likes to throw things into black and white. None of the situation is that easily understood. Do I believe that we should have gone in? No. Do I think we should pull out overnight? No. By conducting an immediate withdrawal, hundreds of thousands of people will be killed in retribution. It will repeat the Gulf War problems.
On another note, I think it's hilarious that people are whining about the insurgentâ€™s tactics. Let's look at the situation.... you have an army that's greatly outnumbered and lacking training, strategic capability, and major logistical support. How to you fight anyone that dominates you in every way? You use camouflage - you blend into the environment and adapt to overcome your enemy.
So, while people are whining about their tactics, they should remember that it was those same tactics that won the Revolutionary War.
It's a complicated situation people. From experience, too many innocent people have died. No, we should have never gone in like we did. Now that we've created this quagmire, we must find a good way to pull out. Washington DC has screwed this entire operation up. We need to get someone with proper experience to get us out with minimal damage to all concerned.
(Oh yah, just for the records - I'm sick of people complaining about the prisoners. It's called interrogation! If anyone wants to go take over, feel free. Once you find out that "Pretty please can we have the information?" doesn't work, you'll go home and let the soldiers do their job. And no, I won't give a lesson on cultural based interrogation tactics)
Take care everyone. Be nice to each other.