Date registered: Sep 2004
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Originally Posted by Botnst
1. Opportunity and motive are not the same.
2. All things being equal, only a fool would advocate attacking the stronger enemy.
Take a look at a map. By defeating Iraq, Iran is effectively locked between Sunni (majority) Afghanistan, Sunni (majority) Pakistan, and the Sinni (majority) Caucasus. Also, defeating Iraq protects Kuwait, KSA and the Emirates -- suppliers of about 30% of our oil and the vast majority of the oil that maintains the economies and standards of living of the majority of the planet. Finally, creating a state friendly to the USA in the heart of the Arab oil countries will help ensure a long-term inhibition for other potentially adventurous despots in the region and gives some measure of hope to neighboring countries who are becoming democratic, like Jordan, Lebanon, and Kuwait while supporting established democracies like Israel and Turkey.
In other words, all the higher motives put out their by your ilk were lies, and what it really was about is a bunch of Nazi neo-colonialist bullshit. Your assumptions hinge on Afghanistan and Iraq being nice peaceful places to organize armies. Instead, they are murder pits.
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