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No good will come of staying in Iraq

One of the worst things about living in a representative democracy is that when you become fed up with your representatives, it can take ages to actually change them out.

The citizens of the US have wanted for years to get out of Iraq. The citizens of Iraq want to know when we’ll leave. The war actually becomes illegal on the New Year. Yet despite all this, McCain plans to keep US troops there until they have “establish[ed] a stable, prosperous, and democratic state in Iraq that poses no threat to its neighbors and contributes to the defeat of terrorists.” He doesn’t come right out and say “indefinitely,” or “forever,” but that’s more or less what it comes down to.

Staying in Iraq is ridiculously expensive. We are in a recession. Osama bin Laden’s stated strategy four years ago was to drive the US into bankruptcy. I can’t help but think that it has succeeded more than our efforts to catch him have.

We’ve been in this situation before. The lessons should have been learned: a nation, even our nation, can lose a war even if it wins every major engagement. Sometimes the only reasonable option is to concede defeat and go home.

I can’t help but get angry that Bush has kept us in this war; I am furious at the notion that we might invade Iran. The fact that McCain still enjoys 40% in the polls worries me, because I can’t imagine what mindset it would take to support him. This war is costing more than we can afford. We’re already suffering consequences from the overspending. It takes nothing but to keep up with the news to know this; it’s not that hard to put the causes and effects together. Regardless of any other issue, anyone who wants to see this country prosper should vote against McCain. Voting for him just takes money out of your own pocket.

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Comment by Explodicle Linux Mozilla Firefox 3.0
2008-07-08 21:12:39

1.9 trillion dollars for Iraq. Personally, I’d rather have six grand to spend on booze, but that’s just me I guess.

 
Comment by Parallax Windows XP Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.14
2008-07-09 10:50:04

Well said

 

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