Like many Americans, I am frustrated by the situation in Iraq.
On the one hand, I am eager to see us pull out of the mess Mr. Bush got us into, probably (only time will tell), unnecessarily.
I am sick of seeing naive young people die for what is, at the moment, ultimately no reason. If we had not invaded, many fewer terrorists would be out there. That much is clear. Iraq has become a nest in which terrorist breed.
On the other hand, even though the pretext for invasion has been completely discredited, we are there now and so are a lot of bad people eager to kill American soldiers.
News is now emerging that Iraq, rather than being a battle ground, as it is often described by the White House, is instead becoming a training ground for terrorists to take to other countries.
Basically, we are screwed.
I feel hopeless. I want to protest but, to who? The president is deaf to the whole thing except his narrow vision.
Ultimately, we need to take our medicine and get out. Splitting Iraq into 4 sections makes the most sense. A Shiite dominated South, a Kurdish North, a Sunni West, with Baghdad and a few other pockets as independent regions not governed by any one sect or people.
Basically the U.S. screwed up. Bush screwed up but, we need to take responsibility for it.
Any way we can, we need to stop the killing on all sides. Staying does not seem to be the solution. Our presence only seems to make matters worse (duh!). Short of our eternal presence, we need to find a solution that gives control for the moment back to Iraqis but that also includes the involvement of the various regional powers.
It is a medicine none of us want to swallow but the patient will be sick for years unless we make an effort to end the mess.