Opinion of Bush's War Against Terror
Bush's war on terror
After 9-11, when George Bush announced that we were going to fight a war on terror, I was on board. At that time the presumed targets were Osama Bin Laden and his group of terrorists. The direction we took in going to Afghanistan seemed to be the correct course. I didn't figure it would be an easy war to prosecute. Over the years, many armies have invaded Afghanistan, only to find that 10 costly years later they still had not achieved a victory. There were many quick victories over the Taliban and it seemed like we might achieve a quick victory and get home soon. There were daily reports of the hunt for Osama, and it seemed we were hot on his trail.
The Perversion of the War on Terror
As with the the first Gulf war, Desert Storm, we built an alliance of armies from other countries. Before long a multi-national force was scouring the country looking for Osama, routing the Taliban and it was pretty certain that this war would be over soon. It would seem like at this point, someone in the Bush administration began advocating that the war on terror would be the perfect way to get rid of Saddam Hussein and grab the huge oil deposits of Iraq.
Paul Wolfowitz, one of Bush's security advisers began pushing the idea of an invasion of Iraq. The CIA was asked to look for any proof that might tie Al-Queda and Iraq. When none was found it would appear that different agencies in the government were tasked with falsifying or twisting data to make a link between Saddam and the 9-11 attacks.
The propaganda machine started spewing all kinds of mis-information about Saddam and terror. The truth had been known for years. Saddam was afraid to give terrorists a safe haven and support, because it would weaken his own power. He ruled Iraq with an iron fist, and would not share any kind of power.
The administration started redirecting resources towards an Iraq invasion.
Bush proclaims victory
The invasion of Iraq started the same as our previous war on Iraq. A series of quick victories. All brought to us in living color on CNN and other networks, The president held a press conference where he landed in a fighter jet, then proclaimed victory, that the war was over, and that would seem to be the day that the war began.
The human toll
This war has been a tremendous nightmare for the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. They go to bed without assurance that they will wake the next morning. Faulty intelligence or munitions keep death just a heartbeat away. Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed or maimed in the name of this war on terror.
There is now civil war in Iraq with death squads traveling the cities with impudence, killing anyone that would seem to make a target. To be a government official, the person must assume that they are now marked to die. Athletes and students in Iraq have also been slaughtered just for trying to live a "normal" existence. Very little in these countries is normal. People live in constant fear.
Hospitals are full of amputees, and those wounded so badly they will never be able to leave.
And then there is the cost of the deaths of all the soldiers from the US, the UK and other coalition countries. It would seem the best and the brightest have died daily in this war.
The unseen toll of this war is the number of head traumas that are in the wards of our veterans hospitals. Large numbers of soldiers return with head injuries so severe, they will never know what normal life is like, They can't hold their children, or live at home. They live in wards, where bed after bed of coma patients reside.
What do I think?
How do I feel overall about this war.
I continue to feel strongly about defending our soil and our country. I think we should strengthen our borders and be ever vigilant against other terror attacks.
I have always supported our soldiers. These people don't pick their fights. They go and fight where they are directed, leaving friends and family behind. They live and fight in difficult conditions and I respect and support them. Yes, there are bad apples in every group, but for the most part our soldiers are good people and I support them.
I feel our government of the last several years has been one of the most corrupt in history. I believe our war efforts in Iraq were directed not to bring freedom to the Iraqis, but to provide a myriad of financial rewards for administration cronies and pals. Since this war began, oil companies have been posting record profits every quarter. Haliburton continues to get one no-bid contract after another. I believe many of our soldiers have died in a war of opportunism.
I don't know how we end the war in Iraq, but I think we need to get out and soon. Send those troops back into Afghanistan and Pakistan and get Bin-laden.
I know our president says pulling out of Iraq would result in a blood bath. Maybe he should look a bit closer and see, it is already a blood bath.