I’m sure my opinions about this are very controversial but our country is based on freedom of speech. No, I won’t leave the country either.
Let me begin by making myself abundantly clear. I know most, who disagree with me, will ignore this but I will say to those who will read it. I SUPPORT our troops but I do NOT support the Iraq war.
As much as I support our soldiers, I am tired of hearing how great our troops are and how they’re protecting us. Funny, our troops fighting other people’s wars doesn’t make me feel like I’m being protected.
There are some soldiers that do “get it” and see that we aren’t fighting the true enemy. Other soldiers will believe Bush until the end.
I often receive e-mail forwards about how self-sacrificing our troops are and that we should pray for them. I delete these messages. I honestly believe that many of our soldiers are under the influence of the image created by the military’s ad campaigns. The military creates the illusion that joining the military and fighting in Iraq will make one a superhero, like some kind of Rambo-like character.
Honestly, I can understand this feeling. As a kid, I would get psyched after I watched an episode of G.I. Joe, the A-Team, or movies like Rambo or Chuck Norris movies. That was before I knew how the word really worked and that the good guys aren’t always what they seem.
I do feel for our troops but I also feel that they are being grossly misled into fighting other people’s wars. The people sending our troops out to fight are our crooked politicians, who don’t fight the battles. Instead, they send our troops out to defend their own interests, not that of the American people.
Defense Vs. Offense
In football, it is often said that the best defense is a good offense. While this might be true, I think it’s only true when you attack the real enemy. I do NOT consider Iraq our enemy. If you do a little research, you’ll see that most of the al-Qaeda soldiers are coming from outside of Iraq. They’re coming from other Middle East countries, such as Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Iraq’s our chosen target because of the oil and it’s location to the open ports where the oil rigs are setup.
As for me, in situations such as this, I am of the opposing belief that the best offense is a good defense. By this, I mean that we should DEFEND ourselves HERE more than offend others elsewhere. Most of our troops are not here, making us wide open to attack on our own soil.
Think about this 9/11 occurred on OUR soil because our guard was down, which is the same as having few soldiers here. If we had a readily available military presence at our airports, 9/11 might not have occurred.
A more recent example is when we were walloped by Hurricane Katrina. We had a comparatively low number of troops available to be shipped out to help in Louisiana and other states. Sure, some of the problem was the bureaucratic red tape but it was also that we mainly had to rely on our National Guard. Even then, some of our National Guard troops were in Iraq. If we weren’t so active in Iraq, we’d have more troops available for OUR own emergencies.
Think about our own problems. Think of all of OUR poor and homeless people. Think about our lower class citizens, who barely survive each month’s bills. Think about our middle class, who are one paycheck away from poverty. Think about our poor without medical insurance.
Our country might be considered the best in the world but our infrastructure is crumbling. Our political system is a bureaucratic nightmare, which s almost irreparable. WE need to fix ourselves from within before we worry about the problems of others.
Poorly Organized Terrorists
The so-called terrorists so far have not acted very organized or effectively in our country. Yes, their World Trade Center attacks and a few other little attacks have worked. Beyond that, they have not gotten away with anything. They’ve been stopped at least a dozen times.
This is not to say that the terrorists will never become better organized and stronger. On the other hand, I don’t like how Bush and other politicians have made it sound like the terrorists are a major threat now in America. They just say this to give us a better reason to approve of the war in Iraq.
I see little terrorist threat as of yet in our country. In Iraq, they are effective. They are not that organized but enough to kill us left and right. We cannot win against them in Iraq. Their guerilla warfare tactics will never cease. If we want to defeat them, Iraq is not where we need to focus.
Who has not noticed the higher oil prices since around the time of the beginning of the Iraq war? Is this a coincidence? I think not.
Do you know that some of our top politicians have a vested interest in seeing higher oil prices? They do. I’ll tell you about some of those ties.
There is an oil company with rigs in the middle east, called Halliburton Energy Services. It is a United States based multinational corporation with operations in over 120 countries. Halliburton has a headquarters in Houston and Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. It’s subsidiaries over the years.
Halliburton Energy Services
After Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait, Halliburton crews helped stop 320 burning oil wells.
In 2004, Osama bin Laden said that Halliburton is involved in “this is a war [in Iraq] that is benefiting major companies with billions of dollars.”
Cheney retired from Halliburton in 2000 with a $34 million severance check and he still receives yearly deferred compensation payments.
Halliburton Products and Services Ltd.
This is a foreign subsidiary which opened an office in Tehran, Iran while Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton. This may have violated the Trading with the Enemy Act but it was never followed up.
In a 2003 CNN report entitled “US companies are operating in Iran despite sanctions” Haliburton is shown to have oil operations in Iran.
Its Iraq contract revenue is estimated at more than $13 billion.
This a major construction company of refineries, oil fields, pipelines, and chemical plants.
After the Gulf War, the Pentagon (led Cheney) paid them $8.5 million to study the use of private military forces with American soldiers in combat zones.
In 2003, it was hired to plan oil well firefighting in Iraq. It was a no-bid contract due to Cheney being Vice President. Concern has been raised that this could allow them to pump and distribute Iraqi oil.
It currently employs over 30,000 people in Iraq with some of it services include restoring the Iraqi oil infrastructure.
Its Iraq contracts are estimated at $18 billion. One of the no-bid contracts called “Restore Iraqi Oil” is worth $7 billion.
This company includes Kellogg. Prescott Bush (grandfather Bush) was a director, then former president George Bush worked for them in several positions.
New York company that began as Zapata Oil founded in 1953. One of its founders is George H. W. Bush. In 1963, it merged with South Penn Oil to become Pennzoil. Zapata has several Off-Shore subsidiaries, including Seacat-Zapata in the Persian Gulf.
As you can see, the Bush family and Dick Cheney have a vested interest in the Iraq war continuing. Their companies have made billions of dollars of income over the years in Iraq and stem to make billions more if the Iraq war continues. If anyone says that the war has nothing to do with oil, after all I wrote above, they’re complete idiots.
Freedom of Speech
I’ve seen countless Iraq war supporters and soldiers say that the war helps defend our freedom of speech? Uh, how is that? How is fighting amidst a Holy war in a Middle Eastern country protecting our freedom of speech here? It has no effect on our rights. Our rights come from within, not without. As long as our country remains under our rule, our freedoms will be preserved.
Whenever people against the war speak out, the war supporters inevitably say that we should shut up and support our troops because they’re defending our freedom of speech. Uh, duh! If our freedom of speech exists, then it is our right to speak out against the war. We are not attacking our troops or saying the America sucks. We are saying that we disagree with the reasons for the war. We do not wish to see our soldiers die for a war, in which we are fighting to profit the oil companies and be political pawns of greedy politicians. Sorry for those of us who are better informed than others.
Smack of Reality Note: This is part of an ongoing series of bi-monthly rants published by me. I will tackle a different controversial topic with each rant giving my own opinions in my own unique styles. For easy reference, my rants are numbered. Here you will find My Rants.