I was not in favor of this war. Bush's case linking Iraq to terrorism was tenuous at best, too much shrouded in rhetoric around 9/11 that has questionable relevancy. Even if there is a linkage, I have not been able to escape a feeling that Bush's agenda reflected something personal hidden in political clothes; and that instead of stabilizing world affairs with diplomacy, he has inflamed them with rhetoric I wouldn't use even talking to my ex-wife while he embarked on a dangerous policy of pre-emptive military action that conceivably could have no end. What of Libya? Syria? Iran? North Korea? Only a slight misstep can send us easily into an expanded confrontation with them and World War III, with the US and its partners on one side and Iraq, Syria, Iran, and possibly North KoreaÑa far more dangerous and unstable adversary than IraqÑon the other. And if North Korea went to war, would the Chinese? I know what my answer is, and they would not enter to help us. We could, much to our own surprise, start something that could spiral into a horror no one ever imagined or wanted, something that makes terrorism feel like bee stings.
Even if the war in Iraq ends with the result the US wants, we are naive to think that the war we started is over or that we will ever be seen as liberators by the country as a whole. This will not be a conflict of months but of years, perhaps as long as a decade, as the US tries to establish a free Iraq in a country that may not be prepared for or even want freedom and the responsibilities that go with it. I accurately predicted, even as the rhetoric was flashing through the news that this would be a quick and easy war, that the IraqiÕs would put up massive resistance. Only a leadership in denial could think anything else, and that is apparently exactly what we have. Either that, or they knew it all along, and they have lied to us to get us to buy in, something not at all beyond the realm of possibility.
But we are there now, troops and bombs and political course committed. We have no choice but to carry the war to a US victory, which means at the very least we must unseat Hussein and his henchmen. To falter, to lose resolve, would result in consequences of a seriousness not seen since the Cuban missile crisis. American military might would be seen as American military arrogance, and we would quickly learn that the danger of thinking you are all powerful is how you will learn the lesson you are not.emit incoherent light