I voted libertarian in the last election because in good conscience I could not vote for George W. Bush and John Kerry was a horrible candidate. Given that choice I chose none of the above. Which by the way should be a valid election choice. If none of the above wins we get a new slate of candidates and the bozos running are not allowed to run again.
All this is my long winded and rambling way of getting around to George Bush spitting in the face of everybody's opinion and upping the ante in Iraq. The additional troops will only put the level back to what it had been before. One definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. So Bush is either crazy, stupid or just flat out is taking the shroud away from our eyes and proving what many of us have known, that he doesn't really care about what anyone else thinks. He sure as hell doesn't give a damn about the constitution. George W. Bush is on par with FDR and Abraham Lincoln in circumventing and ignoring the constitution. I believe those two Presidents were faced with crisis that surpass what we are dealing with today.
The thing that disturbs me the most is that I have heard that the neo-cons (which as a person who has a family that is very conservative, this is an insult to conservatives calling these idiots any sort of conservative) are pushing to try and evoke Iran in attacking the US thereby giving us a chance to invade Iran and widen the war. The neo-cons (again I hate that term, my conservative side is for really reduced government, these guys should by called neo-fascists) believe that the only way to stop Iran from having nuclear weapons is to invade the country and bomb the facilities. I get the feeling these jerks believe we can just take over the middle east and make all our problems go away.
The war has failed it's time to pack up our troops and come home. Do it slowly, but we lost. You cannot shove a democracy down someone's throats. I was against the war from the beginning and still think it was a mistake, but we did destroy a lot of their capabilities in making weapons of mass destruction. Of course 911 taught us that you don't need a bomb to make a big impact.
As the last super power we have to maintain a certain posture, but this war needs to end and does not need to be widened.
Iraq, illegal immigration, the aging population, the aging infra-structure, the rapid technology changes, the loss of privacy, the increase of the nanny state and other problems are much more pressing.
If we want to do something to change the world, let's restart the space program and discover brave new worlds and boldly go where no one has gone before. Make space ships not war.