Nothing is black and white about the Iraq war, except perhaps the Bush administrationís decision to launch the war in the first place.
We went for the oil, numero uno reason whyÖanyone that argues that point has got their head in the sands. If youíve watched some of the posts here in this forum by your fellow users, itís been stated the wheels are coming off the United States of America. Actually, itís bigger than that; the wheels are slowly coming off the world, but national populations like the US are going to be the first to discover en masse that large, wasteful lifestyles are no longer sustainable.
So in a way, we DID go into Iraq for our freedom; if you enjoy the freedom of driving wasteful SUVís and other oversized vehicles until the ice caps melt. The freedom of the unsustainable.
The first rumblings of the coming storm are here; so we hit Iraq and look at what Russia did- Why in the world bother with a little breakaway nation like Georgia? Well, itís got key natural gas and oil pipelines, one might tend to think someone in the Kremlin regards that as strategically valuable. The powers that be are beginning to move to secure natural resources, knowing that we are in a dire race to move to renewable energy sources before the nonrenewable sources begin to dry up.
Thereís also the fact that Saddam tried to knock off Bush Sr., so Bush Jr. goes in to return the favor. Who here thinks big oil and government canít do a Mafia style hit on their former flunkies gone bad?
Does this mean, then, that weíve done absolutely no good in Iraq? Well, Iíve argued our motives for the war in other places, and there are vets that maintain we are helping the Iraqi people. They all donít love us, thatís for certain, but some apparently do appreciate the fact weíve rid them of Saddam and are getting them on their feet again as a nation.
So then one tends to ask the question- If we did the right thing for the wrong reason, where does that leave us?