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Congressional re-authorization of Iraq war after TWO YEARS! voted down! (english)
10 Oct 2002
Modified: 11 Oct 2002
So if you thought this is going to be another "mini-war", think again. Why would our spineless congress vote down an amendment calling for congressional re-authorization AFTER TWO YEARS! be voted down, unless the plan is for this war to go on, and on, and on. Oh yeah, they'll be bringing back the draft, that's for sure!
".....Earlier, by a 66-to-31 vote, the Senate rejected an amendment by Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., the Senate’s most outspoken opponent of the war resolution, that would have ended authorization for Bush to use force against Iraq after two years."
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no doubt (english)
11 Oct 2002
no doubt this war is going to be a little tougher than the original gulf, and there's no way in hell we're ever going to find or kill saddam unless he is killed in one really quick, really covert air attack, which, well, won't happen. But this war will not carry for too long. Have we, as activists forgotten that the US defense budget is 376 billion dollars for FY2003? That is just about equal to the rest of the world combined. The entire world only spends 780 billion dollars a year on arms, including the US. We all know that GW is the village idiot, but if he lets the generals run this war, there's a good chance it'll be over and done with in less than a year, and a few thousand civilians later. The problem arises when we actually have to DEFEND Iraq after we "secure" it. And when the rest of the middle east explodes and israel is wiped off the map, and tens of thousands of american civilians are killed in terror attacks as a backlash for invading Iraq...THANKS GEORGE, I LOVE YOU! :-p
Perhaps, No Doubt, but then, perhaps not..... (english)
11 Oct 2002
Perhaps this war will be over in a year ( & then years of occupation &"blow-back")as you aver, but then, perhaps not. Certainly that the amendment calling for congressional re-authorization in two year was voted down, signals that someone thinks it might last longer (otherwise, why vote it down?). Things don't always go as planned. Take World War 1 & 2, or Vietnam for example, would the countries involved have participated in those wars in the beginning, if they had known how it was going to turn out..I think not (certainly not the "losers"). Things don't always go according to plan, and for that matter, we don't really even know what the "plan" really is (the oil fields of Saudi Arabia?). And even if we did know, and the plan was only Iraq, do we really know what Sharon's agenda REALLY is? Can we say for certain that Israel isn't going to use this situation to realize some sort of "final solution" for it's neighbors/enemies; take out Iran, or/and Syria or/and ???, and if they do, what exactly are we going to do, except fight along with them against the entire Arab world (does that sound like something Sharon would like???)..and if that happens, what's going to happen in the Muslim countries around the world, say, Pakistan??? riots in the street??? an exstremist Islamic coup??? (with all those A bombs)(and then, of course, what is India going to do?((with all those A bombs)). And of course, there is the possiblity of "blow-back"...say a tanker with an a-bomb smuggled out of Turkistan chugging into an American sea port: San Francisco, San Diego, New York.... You can easily start a war, but you really don't know how it will develop, and you can assume that the "other side" will fight back.