JC et al, I’m going to jump around a bit also in my reply so please bear with me.
First off, yes, I am very conservative. With that said I have been a registered Demoncrat since 1976. I am not a Republican either. If I have to align myself with a political party I would be a Libertarian. Please see my post entitled, “I am a liberal”.
You speak of pro-war politicians. Which one? Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Richard Durbin, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid? Any one of these people are about as anti-war as one can get. All of these people are what I call Neo-communists. National health care, increased taxes, more laws and regulations infringing on my home life and freedoms and giving MY money away as entitlements are what these folks are all about. Look at their records.
I do see these people as wanting the destruction of the US as it stands today. I see these people as wanting a huge centralized federal gub’mint regulating every aspect of our lives. This is not what this country was founded on. These same leftist politicians would reduce our armed forces to the point of being ineffectual. The last President, clinton did just that. Our forces were reduced by almost 30% during his reign. If we did not have term limits for President I would be scared to consider how weak we would be. These people consider themselves to be patriotic but their idea of the meaning of that word runs contrary to Mr. Webster.
Theirs is not so much dissent as it is want of extreme change and the re-writing of history as well as the constitution. Yes, I find that wrong!
You say my President has lied to me because now, all these years later, we find out that some information, the information present to the UN by Colin Powell, was either fabricated or truncated to fit an agenda. Do you really think these folks deliberately, with foreknowledge, attempted to deceive the entire world? If you do then let me tell you about the Tri-Lateral Commission or the Illuminati. They will really scare you. I don’t think our or any politicians are smart enough to pull that off. If relying on the UK press or CNN and Hans Blix for correct information is how I get my news and commentary then yes I should be marching in the street to make this the Peoples Republic of Amerika. I get my news and information from all kinds of sources both left and right and put very little stock in the large mainstream media outlets.
What’s happening in Sudan is a travesty. Mr. Bush has already committed millions if not billions of dollars to help there. Has any EU country done the same? I ask because I don’t know not because I’m playing up one side vs. the other. When the shit first hit the fan in Sudan the clintonistas ignored the outcry of the world. They not only did nothing but also outright refused to help and I am sad to say that the US did not intervene when it could have done the most good. This is part of what I find amazing. Dub’ya is a war mongering turd but Clinton who did nothing to help in many many ways and places is a good guy. WTF? East Timor is being terrorized by communists who have couched their fight in the robe of independence for a small minority of people there. I’m glad we are not backing the Tamil tigers. They took their cue from Al Queda with a twist. They use women as homicide bombers.
On the next point I don’t want to bust on anyone personally but where in anything I have ever written have I stated that we are at war with all Muslims? I kinda’ thought I went out of my way to say that we are at war with Islamofacists. We are at war with a small minority of lunatics who wish to impose their way of life on EVERYBODY not just the US but EVERYBODY!
If ones desires to see democracy brought to the people of the middle east, how can you not support the role of the US and UK in Iraq today. That is exactly what they’re doing. The war of aggression is over. Saddam is dead and decomposing. We are there to attempt to keep the peace until the Iraqis are able to do it themselves. I think like you I would like to see this happen sooner than later but if it takes years more and Iraq emerges as a free and independent democracy then we have done well. I could go on and on about how we (Western society) are addicted to, “Instant Gratification”. I won’t it’s off topic.
So we invaded Iraq for oil. I love it! Did you know that not one drop of Iraqi oil has been shipped to the US since we invaded? What about that Dutch company Shell Oil or even BP, can they say the same? Can any country in the EU claim the same thing? I don’t think so. It’s not Halliburton, General Dynamics, Exxon or Sunoco who is raking in the bucks but lots of countries all over the world buying up cheap Iraqi oil. By the way Halliburton and General Dynamics had multi-million if not multi-billion dollar contracts with the US gub’mint long before this administration.
If the original post referred to herein came across as a stifling of dissent, you have my apologies. I did not see it as that but rather as a comment on the American left.