With the first debate tonight, the presidential race is front and center. The issue that has our attention is Iraq. Unfortunately, most of what we read and hear about Iraq provides more heat than light on the subject. Below, I have listed some simple and known facts about Iraq. I have put them together to point out that despite the fact that most of these are propoganda points for either the right or the left, each one is true:
- Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, in the mold of Hitler and Stalin. He was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands and the tourture of millions.
- It is clearly a conflict of interests for Vice President Cheney to continue to draw compensation from Haliburton, while that company is chosen as the primary U.S. contractor in Iraq.
- "Multilateralism" is not a panecea. Multilateral negotiations allowed for the slaugher in Bosnia to go on multiple years, U.S. lead NATO Bombing caused it to stop. France acted Unilaterally in Rwanda to protect their allies, the Hutu, after the Hutu commited genocide against the Tutsi. It would thus stand to reason that the French outcry against American unilaterallism in Iraq is due to Frances perception of it's own interests as a nation state, not, universal brotherhood.
- The Iraq occupation was poorly planned and implemented.
- The old reasoning was: "The sanctions are starving innocent Iraqi Children", the new logic is :"We should have waited longer before going to war". Had we not gone to war, and had lifted sanctions, the eventual logic, of course would have been: "Why didn't we do something about this vicious and threatening regime sooner?"