As the last of the U.S. military leaves Iraq I can't help but think of what the future holds. The radicals that have sat back and waited for this time have the perfect opportunity to start anew. They knew, as we did, that we couldn't stay forever to offer protection and support.
So now you will have an escalation of violence and bombings that will sparsely get reported on the news. Why? Because then the obvious question will be asked of our present and past leaders? " Why did we leave or why did we go there in the first place" About 4,500 dead and 32,000 wounded for the right of an Iraqi to vote?
Giving up just one American life was too many in order to attempt to turn an Arab country into a Democracy. A Democracy in that country will last about as long as your average Hollywood marriage. In Baghdad the electricity is on for about two to three hours a day now. All the billions spent and they are lacking some of the basic needs that were there before we arrived.
Let's use our imagination for a bit to try to understand why folks in other countries don't trust us or outright hate us. In every country that we have a military presence, imagine that instead of U.S. forces there, they were Chinese!
Hope you get my point on this. If not, I'll explain. The majority of people would think that the Chinese were trying to take over the world. Why else have troops and planes and ships spread all over the globe. No wonder our nation's debt is so out of line. Please don't think that I'm being un-American with this stuff. Just a ex-Vietnam veteran (parts of 65, 66, and 67) who has seen what happens when you stick your nose into someone else's business.
Just like Vietnam, it will cost lives and many dollars to gain nothing. In the case of Vietnam, it is now a Communist country and we just pulled out of and left behind our South Vietnamese friends to be imprisoned or killed for helping us. That fiasco cost more than 53,000 lives and hundreds of thousands wounded or mentally scarred for life. Maybe a little advice that most mothers give their children would be in order. "Mind your own business."
And also a reminder before we stick our nose into another Iraq or Vietnam. "It's their country, not ours." And remember that no Iraqi was on any of the planes that attacked us on 9-11. After the facts came out it was determined that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with it. Yes, he was a brutal dictator. But there are many of those still ruling in the world. Maybe they just don't happen to have a lot of crude oil under them.
We invade an oil rich country and the price of gas went up, not down. Do we have exclusive rights to purchase their oil in the future? I hope so. If things go very bad in the future, we may be buying crude oil from a country controlled by the Taliban. Either enter a conflict to totally win or stay the heck home. It saves lives and money.
Jack Jarosz Sr.