I’ve rarely linked to Kos before; this is probably the
second time (I’m a liberal, just not that kind of
liberal). However, the recent post on the reality of the Iraq
war demands some commentary. Plus, there is no point in being
one out of >100 commenters. Note: the href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/26/world/main3539432.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_3539432">sub-quote
is from CBS News.
President Bush on Monday signed a deal setting
the foundation for a
potential long-term U.S. troop presence in Iraq, with details to be
negotiated over matters that have defined the war debate at home – how
many U.S. forces will stay in the country, and for how long.
The agreement between Mr. Bush and Iraqi Prime
al-Maliki confirms that the United States and Iraq will hash out an
“enduring” relationship in military, economic and political terms.
CBS News’ Pete Gow in Baghdad reports the
proposals are to offer the
U.S. a continued military presence in Iraq, as well as favorable
business interests (such as investment opportunities for American
companies), in return for guarantees to Iraq’s future security.
Breaking News: The Iraq war turns out to be about exactly
thought it was about, even though people told you you were crazy and/or
a terrorist for thinking it…
Personally, I have no objection to the idea of the USA getting
business interests,” so long as those interests are taxed at an
appropriate rate. Say, oh, somewhere around 100%.
Seventy percent should go toward veteran’s benefits and
compensation to Iraqis. That should include realistic
compensation for the families of those killed or disabled in war.
I find it very difficult to find justification for anyone making a
profit from someone else’s ultimate sacrifice.