Thursday, April 19, 2007

Opinion (Kevin McGee): Iraq not ours to fix

Here's how easy it is: it's not our country, and they don't want us there. So we should leave.

It's Iraq, the Iraqis' country, not ours. We invaded it four years ago, not because of WMD, or even because of 9/11 – those were rationalizations, claims the administration made to justify doing what they already planned to do, even though they knew they weren't true.

No, we invaded Iraq for the same reason that Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz wrote President Clinton in 1997, urging him to invade Iraq. Their goal, expressed in the Statement of Principles of the Project for a New American Century, was to "promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad."

Now, I'm for promoting freedom abroad myself. I just don't believe in trying to promote freedom on the point of a bayonet.

Read the rest at the Ohskosh Northwestern