Hello, the Iraqis did indeed celebrate the U.S. invasion; where were you?
Yes, because that's what I meant- that they didn't celebrate ousting Saddam.
Psst... you overlooked the whole "all would be right with the world" part. it's painfully obvious they underestimated the can of worms they'd be opening with the competing factions and general strife that would follow the invasion; the country teetered on the brink of all-out civil war at times. I wish I could remember the name of the journalist who reported from the ground, who assessment was something to the effect of "I've seen abrupt changes in power, coups and the like, but this was different. You could feel it in the street: nobody was really in charge.
As to what number would "satisfy," I'd say one that doesn't look like a significant fraction of our WWII military casualties.
No kidding? The casualties weren't as great as our involvement in a world war involving several nations across multiple continents? Boy, that's something. I guess invading other countries for oil is acceptable so long as the body count doesn't reach WWII levels.
Hey, you know what else the Iraq invasion wasn't as bad as? The Holocaust. Whatever will help you rationalize, champ.
Every time I hear that "hundreds of thousands" line, my BS meter explodes.
I see. And do you have anything besides your bs meter to go on?
We are still talking about noncombatants, right? Or are you bewailing the deaths of Saddam loyalists and terrorists?
The fact that we invaded a sovereign nation in pursuit of for oil interests makes it fairly academic as to who it was, and the civilian population obviously suffered the most under embargoes; they always do.
But jeez, what is up with those loyalists and terrorists attacking our troops when we invaded another country, anyways? Think it may have had something to do with us invading another country?
Mainstream Republicans are weary of government power unless we're talking about what's arguably the most dangerous power it holds- the power to go to war. Then it not only receives little to no scrutiny, but full support and full trust of governmental authority, because they are *deathly afraid *of being associated with some hippie peacenik.
Which means they aren't really conservatives. *At all. *Not even remotely. They're far more concerned with preserving their precious, fragile sense of identity than actually adhering to the conservative principles they supposedly subscribe to.