Date registered: Sep 2004
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Originally Posted by GermanStar
You mean the Kurds who had offered support to Al Qaeda? Given the situation in Iraq, it should be painfully obvious to you by now that a brutal dictator is/was required to maintain stability there. And unless you believe we could have marched into Germany and successfully usurped their entire government in a matter of days, you'll have to concede that your analogy is rather foolish. Iraq couldn't even defend its own borders, let alone threaten ours, nor could they in 1991 when they had 10 times the might they had in 2003. Since our utter failure, civil war, and massive bloodshed were an obvious outcome of our invasion to anyone who knew anything about the region before we went in, why would anyone have ever supported it? The harsh, cold slap of reality has long since removed denial from the table.
Picture a world with secure U.S. borders, a stable Iraq, a relatively quiet Iran, a dead Bin Laden, and a completely toothless and defeated Al Qaeda. That is the world we would probably be living in right now, had our leadership responded responsibly to the 9/11 attack.
Now that's the Gospel Truth. Preach on, brutha!
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address