Date registered: Sep 2004
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Well, lets try to see it from Bot's perspective. Oh yeah, what is your perspective, Bot? As far as I can tell you leave the word "success" undefined, especially in terms most rational people use to make decisions on whether to continue to pursue an elusive goal, even if the pursuit can be classified as an exciting and possibly hazardous activity, like exploring Italy. Or an "adventure."
To understand what it takes for the US to be "successful" the term has to be defined with some specificity. Is, for example, your definition of success broad enough that you would define creating an entity in the Middle East that is a stable form of some kind of democratically elected government, that takes 100 years of US occupation and drains our economy and military to the point where we are over run by some invaders from, say, Venezuela via Mexico? The US is no more, but Iraq is a shrine to our selfless giving spirit?
At what cost and what criteria of Iraqi self rule can you call it success and leave? Once we know that we can try to see your perspective. As it is, the cost of the existence of America fixing Iraq is too high. Given that conclusion, it is easy to keep whittling away until we conclude we have already sustained enough damage and hurt to leave. There is nothing left there "for us." Jim