I don't think I can support our involvement in Iraq or the administration any more...
Yes, I'm straying into one of those areas you aren't supposed to discuss in polite company... So be it.
Until now, I have been relatively supportive of our efforts in Iraq. While our reasons for getting involved appear to have been manipulated or bogus, deposing Saddam was a good thing (and I still feel that way). It is starting to feel more like Vietnam all the time, but I still thought it was probably necessary.
That all changed with the Iraqi prison scandal. What *Americans* did over there to prisoners is no different than what Saddam's henchmen did to the population. And we are their *liberators*? On top of that, the military tried to get the media to sit on the story so as to not endanger our troops. What about the endangered people being abused? And today we have the gall to walk out of the UN during Sudan's inclusion into the human rights committee. And we now have room to talk?
No administration is without deceit and corruption. We're dealing with power-hungry people. But the lies and abuses have gone too far for me to continue to support the current administration. I'm not sure that makes me a Kerry fan (and no, Barry, I will *not* vote for Nader). But I'm not pro-Bush/Cheney any more. The "war on terror" does not justify these abuses.
And for those who have loved ones serving in Iraq... No, I was never a soldier, and I never served time in a war zone. I'm sure what goes on in a situation like that changes you. And I'm confident that most soldiers are *not* like the criminals who were running the prison over there. I just feel it's time for us to be out of that region, and that there is nothing we can do to improve the situation.