With very little fanfare or media coverage, the Iraq war will come to an end at the end or this year. Nearly 4500 American troops lost, and over 32,000 wounded - not to mention the tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis - and this incredible foreign blunder will come to an end in just over two weeks. This idiocy also cost this nation around a trillion dollars.
Republican presidential candidates, with the brave exception of Ron Paul, are all critical of the war's end. They think 20 to 30 thousand troops should remain in Iraq, despite overwhelming support for the end of this war. That's just another example of republicans' opposition to anything Obama does, irrespective of national interest.
This war has been among the most shameful foreign policy decisions in this nation's history. Among the more shameful aspects of this war is the fact that as a nation, we failed to share in the sacrifice that our troops and military families were subjected to. No - we spent the last decade arguing about whether we should have to pay for the war by paying taxes. No - many of us argued against raising taxes under any circumstances.
I argued against this war before it began, and I have argued against the causes of all of our "military interventions" in the mideast. At the end of this war, I am firmly committed to doing whatever I possibly can to stop contributing to the causes of war, which in this case was to "stabilize" the political environment of the world's largest known oil producing regions. Whatever your political orientation, I sincerely hope that you will join me in preventing any further "oil wars". Since our politicans believe we will not tolerate sacrificing by paying war taxes, perhaps we will impose the self-tax of doing what we can to make ourselves less dependent on oil.