a continuation of this post.
3) we can’t fund this war
at a cost of $350 mil per day, the iraq war is draining the american economy. bush hasn’t hiked taxes to pay for this war, instead, he’s cut budgets for education and research, and has borrowed heavily from foreign banks in china and the ME.
with this nation in a recession, with inflation running high, with oil prices skyrocketing, with the dollar depreciating, america cannot afford this war.
they lied when they said this war would pay for itself. they continue to lie when they say that we can afford to be in debt to foreign banks and foreign govts.
this war is bleeding us.
4) the war is not preventing terrorism
america’s presence does not prevent global terrorism. not only does this war strengthen the al qaeda narrative that america is an imperialist power occupying muslim land, it has created militants who are now well trained for urban warfare against a modern military and who are already using that training in other cities of the ME (see what’s happening in lebanon). it has also prevented america from becoming engaged in afghanistan and the rest of the wider muslim world.
the taliban is back in afghanistan, and all the gains america made with their ouster are being erased. al qaeda has a safe haven between the borders of pakistan and afghanistan, and america is too busy elsewhere to hunt down those responsible for 9/11 and bring them to justice.
worse, global terrorists continue to be unafraid of american power. last year, several suspected terrorists came up with a plan to blow up a dozen planes over the atlantic ocean.
clearly they are still trying to kill americans, and a multi-nation, coordinated police effort is necessary to stop them.
america got lucky and avoided that terrorist attack, but the longer we are in iraq, the shorter time we have before our luck runs out.