Tuesday, June 20, 2006

What Were They Thinking?

I am not the first person to coin the phrase -- "New World Mayhem"

Remember Bush Senior's New World Order? Remember Bush Junior telling us way back in 2003 that the world was safer with him in office?

Looking at the way things are...not so much.

I almost cringe when I load CNN wondering if next there will be a mushroom cloud or something crazy like that in the Middle East. Let's hope it never gets to that point, but with the jokers running our foreign policy who the heck knows. The Bush Administration was told that if they wanted to make a difference in the Middle East, he has to first deal with the Isreali-Palestinian conflict. Instead he went off into Iraq and made things worse -- friggin scary worse.

I could see even before we entered Iraq that we didn't have a plan after we invaded and could foresee what was going to go down. If you invade a country you should go with at least as much or more than you would if you are merely repelling a force back to their own borders. We went with half as much and never could get Iraq secured. Oh yeah, and by the way, no one likes a foreign invader, no matter how supposedly well-intentioned. Bush was wrong to assume that we would be greeted as liberators.

If we weren't bogged down in Iraq we could do a better job in Afghanistan and build some cred with the Middle East being an honest broker in the Isreali-Palestinian conflict.

Given the West's less than stellar record in regime change in the Middle East -- What were they thinking?

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