I have some questions. I recently saw President Bush’s speech. They are planning on deploying even more troops in order to conform to a new plan. But I have some questions. My questions come mostly from my interpretation of the part of his speech where he talks about the dangers of failure in Iraq and the consequences of failure:
From Bush’s speech:
In our discussions, we all agreed that there is no magic formula for success in Iraq. And one message came through loud and clear: Failure in Iraq would be a disaster for the United States. The consequences of failure are clear: Radical Islamic extremists would grow in strength and gain new recruits. They would be in a better position to topple moderate governments, create chaos in the region, and use oil revenues to fund their ambitions. Iran would be emboldened in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Our enemies would have a safe haven from which to plan and launch attacks on the American people. On September the 11th, 2001, we saw what a refuge for extremists on the other side of the world could bring to the streets of our own cities. For the safety of our people, America must succeed in Iraq.
I would not consider myself well educated on the goings on of the activities in the world and the contents of the interactions between country leaders. Pardon my ignorance, but after having seen President Bush’s latest speech, I have some questions which I can’t seem to find the answers of even after researching. A couple of the questions that stand out would be the following.
1. Who (or what) decides what “failure in Iraq” is?
2. Who (or what) decides what the “consequences of failure” are going to be?
Is there a top secret think tank somewhere that makes all these decisions and predictions? Is it the president of the United States that decides? Is it the people of the United States that decide? Is it the leader(s) of Iraq that decides? Is it the people of Iraq that decide?
Let us take a look at some possible explanations using a pseudo-conversation between two people named Fel and Humaar where Fel says something and Humaar gives a response to it.
I have heard President Bush talk a lot about failure in Iraq, but am not completely sure what is meant by that. Here are some things that I have heard.
A failure in Iraq would be…
Fel: anything involving the US calling it quits and leaving Iraq.
Humaar: us not cutting our losses and not calling it quits and leaving Iraq right now.
Fel: when the terrorists kill thousands of people in Iraq after we leave right now.
Humaar: when thousands of our troops and Iraqi people die from us going through with this “war.”
Fel: when we leave the Iraqi people to defend for themselves against the terrorists if we leave their support now.
Humaar: more and more Iraqi citizens dying as a result of this “war.”
Fel: us realizing after we call the war off that all of our troops that died in the war died for nothing.
Humaar: when after this “war” is finished and we conclude the “war” didn’t accomplish anything of value, we realize that all the troops that died from the war died for nothing and that a lot of the troops would still be alive had we been wise enough to admit that withdrawing would have been the best approach in the past.
Near the end of that little quote snippet, President Bush talks about the consequences of failure. Fel will paraphrase some of those consequences and bring in some of his own based on what people have been saying.
The consequences of failure would be…
Fel: the US would lose support of the citizens of Iraq if we withdraw our troops.
Humaar: the citizens of Iraq won’t have to worry about their loved ones (Iraqi troops) dying because of this “war.”
Fel: there would be more killing as the terrorists will have won against the US and have gained confidence in what they do.
Humaar: most of the people that are dying as a result of this war, are they terrorists or American and Iraqi troops? And what does a “terrorist” mean nowadays?
Fel: the terrorists will grow in strength and number, so our success in Iraq is very important not only for us but for the whole world.
Humaar: unknown. What does “success in Iraq” mean? What evidence do you have that implied the strength and number will grow if we are to “fail” this “war.”
Fel: the US will be at a greater risk for attack if we fail. We cannot forget why we are in this war.
Humaar: unknown. Why are we in this war? What is the difference between defending our nation and attacking another?
Feel free to post as a Fel or as a Humaar (or maybe something totally different, like an Asad) and post your thoughts and views on this. I honestly don’t know much about the FACTS to make any conclusions but I can definitely share my opinions based on what I DO know. So what are your opinions or views or thoughts on this?