Log in

No account? Create an account

What makes us so smart? - The highs and lows of KuteLuvr — LiveJournal

About What makes us so smart?

Previous Entry What makes us so smart? May. 9th, 2006 @ 08:27 am Next Entry
Leave a comment
[User Picture Icon]
Date:May 9th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
I tend to disagree in that, if managed properly, Iraq could have been turned into a thriving example of democracy in the Middle East. And they had the resources to support themselves (namely, oil). Rebuilding a nation with Western ideals has worked before (see Germany, Japan). But this time around, our fearless leaders refused to acknowledge that this was a nation-building exercise. Anybody who wisely said that more troops would be required to secure the country during the transition were promptly fired. They assumed that once we removed Saddam from power, they could basically handle the reconstruction themselves. But we were dealing with a population who was not at all familiar with democracy. They've lived most of their lives under a strong dictator. We removed that dictator and created a power vacuum, and it's a foregone conclusion that there would be mayhem.

If Rumsfeld had been honest with himself (and us) in saying that this was, in fact, an occupation and a nation-building exercise, and if we'd maintained a strong sense of order from the very start, we could have ended up with a strong ally in the Middle East, instead of a huge terrorist breeding ground.
(Leave a comment)
Top of Page Powered by LiveJournal.com