By now enough time has gone by that most people are clueless as to what really happened to get the U.S. involved in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Believe it or not, they are two very different fronts. The Afghanistan war is a direct result of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. That war, to me, is justified to check the spread of terrorism and to maintain a tight control on enemy combatants that are cowardly in nature.
Iraq is a different beast. That war is Bush’s agenda. We were all told that he received from his intelligence cabinet reports and photos of weapons of mass destruction. We sent in inspectors who stated “No,” there are no weapons there, but Bush insisted that we need to remove this tyrant from office and stop oppressing the Iraqi nationals. This was done mainly for economic reasons (rebuilding contracts, oil access and tighter U.S. control – like Iran in the ’70s). We are now in a pickle and who is winning? Surely not the families of the dead and wounded, not the citizens of this country with raising taxes an d stagnate salaries. We need change and we need it now. My regret is that I was foolish enough to vote for him – twice.