November 27, 2005
Readers on Iraq: What a quagmire
Many readers responded to my Security Mom column.
Mark Holmberg wrote:
“You are right, “we deserve information that can help us make informed decisions and be
more prepared to respond if something bad happens.” However, you missed the point when
you talked of fostering democracy in Iraq. Iraq was not the threat it is today before we
blundered in there based on bad information. Our leaders “should open up on” this subject
and they “should open up on” how we are going to get out of Iraq. I applaud members of
Congress who voted for war based on misinformation and now admit they were wrong. Our
leaders are human and make mistakes, whether they admit them or not. When mistakes are
discovered, real leaders acknowledge them and attempt to set them straight.
Because our leaders made grave errors about the existence of weapons of mass destruction
and Saddam Hussein's alleged ties to al-Qaida, Iraq is now absolutely a threat. Our presence
has drawn those who hate America to Iraq, radicals from outside who weren't there when we
arrived. Our mistaken actions have given them ample ammunition to persuade others to join
them in killing our soldiers. And they're not about to leave Iraq just because a democracy has
been established by an occupying force. What a mess! What a quagmire!
So, what shall we do? This is a great question with no easy answer, until you think of
American and coalition soldiers dying. It's time to acknowledge our mistake, develop an exit
strategy, and stop making these soldiers targets. There are plenty of real threats, a few of
which you point out in your article. How are we, as a country, going to respond to them if
large parts of our resources-military and monitory-are going to Afghanistan and Iraq?
Yes, the Unites States has limited resources and we must use them efficiently to provide the
best level of security possible. Our response to hurricane Katrina makes me and many
Americans think we are more vulnerable than we should be. We all should -moms, dads, and
children-be concerned with security. Can our government be trusted to “help us make
informed decisions and be more prepared to respond if something bad happens”? This is an
essential function of government and the answer had better be yes.
Thank you for your article on November 20. Our opinions differ. However, we share similar
concerns regarding security and we ask similar questions, such as, “why aren't we being
given information that puts a face on so-called weapons of mass destruction?” Lets all keep
asking these questions and demanding answers.”
Mark, Great points, but I still believe in the nobility of the Iraq mission, the number one
priority of which was regime change. In the bigger picture, the years-long projected fight
against world-wide terrorism, we've taken out a major threat and liberated many. Don't
forget Saddam paid terrorist families a bounty for murder perpetrated on innocents.
Isn't it great though, we can find some common ground in the midst of all the rancor?
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