There is so much talk regarding the war. The cost. The sacrifice. The decisions. Who made the right one, or is it all a mistake.
For me I believe it is not a mistake. Saddam Hussein himself was a weapon of mass destruction. I cannot begin to try to second-guess what has transpired in the past. For one, I am not privileged to all the intelligence information that the president, congressman and senators are. Right or wrong the decisions have been made.
What matters most to me is where we are going from here. I cannot change the past but I do not care for another life to be lost or another tax dollar wasted. Sad to say both will happen, but I firmly believe both types of loss can be reduced. First, any votes cast going forward should be related to the war and the war only! No add-ons, no domestic spending initiatives (pork). I do not even want a tax cut tied to it!
Before any vote is cast the serious questions must be asked. What have we achieved? What have we lost? Just the facts - no blame game! I do not believe in an ultimate time line, but (favor) setting serious milestones that will be monitored. The interim milestones should have a slightly variable but for the most part fixed timetable and consequences and/or an alternate strategy if they are not achieved. Before the interim milestones are established the ultimate goal must be established and agreed to by all related parties, clearly defining what America will do and what the Iraqis must do.
Our men and women in the armed services have served heroically and I know they will continue to do so. That is why I sleep in peace every night. But I believe that all wars must have a clear strategy and objectives. We do not need the operational details, but we must know the goal we are paying for and that we have the commitment of all involved to make it happen. We can play politics on the home front regarding domestic issues, but we must be united when it comes to America vs. the world!
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