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  • Whatever is really happening in Iraq and whoever was right about the reasons the are some things that seem hard to deny.

    1. If there were WMD of any variety in Iraq they are now probably in the hands of people who are not much better that Hussein.
    2. The war in Iraq seems to have made large chunks of for want of a worse word old europe more anti Bush and probably more anti american now that he has been reelected.
    3. The failure to find any WMD leaves people with a bitter taste in their mouths about pre
    • by pudge (1) on 2005.02.03 18:34 (#37985) Homepage Journal
      If there were WMD of any variety in Iraq they are now probably in the hands of people who are not much better that Hussein.

      Sure. At worst, we are likely not much worse off. But I never supported the war because I thought WMD existed, this was never my priority, and it doesn't have much to do with my thoughts on the matter one way or another.

      The war in Iraq seems to have made large chunks of for want of a worse word old europe more anti Bush and probably more anti american now that he has been reelected.

      This doesn't matter to me. Yes, I want people to like us, but more than that, I want to do the right thing, and I think going into Iraq was the right thing.

      The failure to find any WMD leaves people with a bitter taste in their mouths about preemptive wars.

      Yeah, and it's why I was -- before the war began -- angry with how the war was being sold, because of some of the effects like this.

      I can not see america having much help taking on Iran or North Korea unless the other guy starts it. Maybe this doesn't matter.

      I don't think it matters in the case of North Korea. No one would help us take on North Korea anyway. No one will strike North Korea first, not the U.S., not anybody, unless Japan perceives a real imminent threat of a missile strike (which is not impossible, but probably unlikely).

      Iran and Syria and others have the potential to be more similar to Iraq, but remember, we didn't go into Iraq until we tried and failed for 12 years to get them to comply with their obligations under UNSC 687 (and following). There's nothing similar to that kind of defiance of the world community with Syria. Iran has a similar, though different, problem with its nukes, but that is being dealt with (although we'll see how effectively).

      Wars may cost quite a lot of money but occupations cost more. I'm not an economist but apparently quite a lot of euro is flowing into the usa to pay for the war in Iraq(amongst other things) and this is part of the reason the dollar has lost a large chuck of its value against most other major world currencies. Some people seem to think this will have long term major consequences.

      I am no economist either, but in some ways, this is a good thing. The dollar has been overvalued for a long time (considering the huge U.S. debt), and it's good for U.S. businesses that it's coming down, as it helps with the trade imbalance. In the long term, I only see a big problem here if the U.S. doesn't begin to fix its trade imbalance, and this devaluation provides a great opportunity to start to do that.

      Not that I am in favor of increasing debt to devalue the dollar, but that doesn't mean some good can't come of it.