It’s not a war and it’s time to get out

Regarding the Oct. 4 letter, “Obama irresponsible to promote timeline”:

The writer equates Barack Obama’s “timeline” to Mike Holmgren pulling the Seahawks off the field before the end of a game, making it impossible to (hopefully) preserve “a small lead.”

The war in Iraq isn’t even a “war.” We have no “small lead.” When we went there to impose our might and our will, and to remove Saddam Hussein, George W. and Co. wanted to avenge Daddy Bush’s Kuwait situation, yes, but their goal was primarily to put a lock on potentially one of the world’s largest oil-producing countries.

They even said, and still say, that they want “to bring democracy” to Iraq. What a crock!

In Iraq, it’s like trying to force a culture that doesn’t give a rip about American football to play the game, and to love it. To attempt to impose new rules, let alone change a culture as old as Iraq’s, is pure and simple imperialism. And when one country takes over another, it’s not a “war.”

The fight against terrorism isn’t a “war” either. And making sure that we don’t have another attack on our soil, this is where we are, and where we should focus our attention. I am absolutely certain that Obama intends to do everything possible to see that Iraq gets to call itself a country again, which will certainly involve some help, but having thousands of U.S. soldiers there will only perpetuate our imperialist presence, which continues to tarnish our image in the world, waste incredible sums of money and simply needs to end. The U.S. needs to be a powerful and observant nation of good will, promoting good outcomes for all countries that will be working and talking together, not just for herself. If we want to “win” in the long run, even we have to play by the rules!

Dan Dole


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