I personally think it's fine to keep up on what the "bad guys" have planned. try to accumulate "intelligence" on the activities and all.
this is what the Clinton admin did with AQ in Afghanistan. they watched the training camps and gathered intel.
however, only go where we are invited and not just to support some corporate guy's investments.
i don't buy this argument. corporate investment follows economic opportunity for growth. that's why there are such huge investments in china, India, etc. there will be large corporate investments in Iraq also if there is a chance to invest in an emerging market. the idea that we went to war to create that market is not supportable. it's a nice leftist anti-war talking point.
i understand not wanting to go to war. i understand the objection to going into Iraq. i objected when we did it. in part, because we had so degraded our military that i didn't think we could do it. it was after we were in, and i saw that AQ made Iraq a focal point, that i supported what we had done. i think what we ought to do is keep some bombers over Afghanistan and continue to invest in Iraq. it's a perfect place for a middle east base of operations and it may indeed become an economic force. they certainly have the potential both in their people and resources.