911 and Revenge?

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Henry Neufeld’s recent post has a common but fundamental misunderstanding of the reaction to 9/11 and the subsequent actions, which included Afghanistan and Iraq.  Revenge had little to do with it. As one who has support both actions, and continue to do so, revenge has never entered into my thinking, not in my writings at [...]

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Liberal Compassion

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For many, it is almost as axiomatic as the sun rises in the east, that Liberals are compassionate, and conservatives are heartless.   But like so many self serving clichés frequently cited by liberals, it does not hold up to critical analysis. While a liberal might say “I feel such compassion for …” The first two [...]

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Iraq War – Should we Leave? Part VI

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Last time I discussed how, for many democrats, the war is already lost. For many it was a war that could never be won. Anti-War supporter and retired general William E. Odom who wrote “There is no question the insurgents and other anti-American parties will take over the government once we leave. But that will [...]

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Iraq War – Should we Leave? Part V

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Last time I looked at the inconsistency involved in the anti-wars movement’s supposed concern for the Iraqi people and their opposition then later support for sanctions. But this is not the only place where they anti-war crowd has consistency problems. One thing I really find strange about the anti-war crowds calls to leave Iraq now, [...]

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Iraq War – Should we Leave? Part IV

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In the last installment in this series I looked at how the those against the Vietnam war were an important part of North Vietnam’s strategy for defeating the United States and how our record since of cutting and running when faced with casualties, has taught our enemies, rightly or wrongly, that they do not have [...]

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Iraq War – Should we Leave? Part III

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In the last note in this series I looked at the history of our defeat in Vietnam. Like the war in Iraq, many on the anti-war side saw the United States as an invading power and that if we would only leave, the conflict would end. As one leaflet calling for mass demonstrations put it, [...]

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Iraq War – Should we Leave? Part II

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In the last post in this series I have looked at some of the reasons given for why we should leave Iraq. Probably the most serious argument for leaving is the claim that we cannot win and that the sooner we leave the better, often with a comparison to Vietnam. The comparison to Vietnam is very [...]

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Iraq War – Should we Leave? Part I

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In the previous posts I have looked back at the question of should we have gone to war in Iraq, and despite the fact that large stockpiles of WMDs were not found, on balance the reasons for going to war are still valid. But whether or not we should have gone into Iraq, the fact [...]

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Iraq War – Should we have gone? Part III

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In the last two parts I looked at the WMDs and humanitarian reasons for going to War. While, when put into context, I believe these justified going to war, I do not believe that these were the most important reasons. The most important reason for the removal of Saddam was not only a valid strategic [...]

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Iraq War – Should we have gone? Part II

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While many reasons could be, and have been given for why we should have gone to war in Iraq, the three that were always the strongest for me were, WMD, humanitarian, and strategic. While the subsequent failure to find large stockpiles of WMDs has cast some doubt on the first reason (as was discussed last [...]

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