Another thing you never heard much about during the PRE-WAR and that was SHELF LIFE of the biological and chemical weapons. I know that from the earliest inspections any stockpiles would surely be expired on shelf-life. All these (not ballistics now - but dirty bombs mostly, the real fear is, I think all of us (especially the city folk) play the lottery with less than 2% ship's cargo boxes are inspected - you ever see the THOUSANDS of box cars though ships hold and I can't imagine the ports we receive from DAILY , the countless ships filling our EVERY Dock (Not just New York people - some people have this conception that as long as you are out of New York or Las Angeles, then you are safe, don't bet on it.
I know Saddam was a mass murdering "tyrant" (a "position" I must remind you which has worked for thousands of year - tyrants were not new with Saddam. But tyrants kept ORDER through a Murderous Response to the simplest of crimes) The country some how worked, remember Saddam was dealing with the whole factions issue LONG BEFORE we tried)
If indeed what we thought that Iraq was an immediate threat to us or friendly nations, and BUSH with the intention of RIDDING THE WORLD from a MAD MAN armed with WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, and did all that on BAD INTELLIGENCE - then a hundred years from now, when historians remember this time, they will know if we did the right thing, if we blundered, if we prevent the END OF THE WORLD (Biblically speaking of course) what is in store for OUR HISTORY which we WRITE TODAY?
I just simply believe that the above explanation is too easy of a SCAPEGOAT to quash the real "Gotta finish Daddy's Job and make Dick Cheney a few more billion - why not!" theory.
I can see WHY they are no longer and issue - they are moot compared to an exit strategy. I hostly wish that a President who says 30,000 deployed forces will come home soon, meanwhile 26,000 are on a plane going there now. And the minimum of a (what I call a withdraw) but GB won't start bring that 30,000 home until NEXT SUMMER END. How can we trust our President when his 30,000 troops is actually more like 21,000 because of battle necessities.
I'm afraid we will never fully come home - nor will it EVER be a truly safe place for Americans to be. But I see force at 80 to 100 thousand AFTER we have "Withdrawn" and that scares the hell out of me. Remember too - Our leadership states that "As long as American Citizens continue to work and rebuild Iraq" we will keep forces in Iraq to protect them. Isn't construction in Iraq pretty much as LIFE LONG JOB which you can PASS DOWN TO YOUR CHILDREN to carry on. Yep, if we protect American Interest in Iraq, we are going to have military there for ever. The final thought is - after everything is said and done, it will still be and endless military force in Iraq.
It is interesting, but I think we need a TRUE BILLIONAIRE in our WHITEHOUSE - give NYC May Bloomburg a shot at it - you can't buy the guy, he is really popular among New Yorkers (of all races) and I think the guy is honest - sarcastic looking which bugs me a bit) but he gets the job done. Not campaigning here - I just want a President that does the right thing because he knows it is the right thing to do - and with NO input from any kind of lobbyist or special interest group. If Bloomburg is worth the 7 Billion they say he is, then AT LEAST he could run this country like a business and get us moving in a direct that will make the US Competitive again in the world market. Remember, we get 80% of our toys from China and 100% of our lead based toys from them too!
I say buy American, sure you'll pay 1400% more for it, but the Illegal Immigrants will surely income - Most American's won't build toys or anything for dollars a day. I think the fact is that soon - only RICH PEOPLE will have their kids in college, everyone else will be in the trades. At least the Tradesmen will have jobs, most college kids return home and live 10 to 12 years doing jobs COMPLETELY out of the field they graduated from, because they poorly planned.
Remember - it is a RECESSION when your neighbor is without a job and a DEPRESSION when you are without one. I see some tough years ahead, I pray we never see a DRAFT in my lifetime again. It surely will cause horrible ripples for generation to remember.