I am definitely thinking along the same line. This war did
seem to come out of nowhere. When I speak out against it,
I'm criticized for not having any other "options" to
suggest, but it seems to me that we(U.S.) did in fact have
a policy in place (containment, inspection) to deal with
Iraq. I thought Bush's pressuring of Saddam to allow the
inspectors back into Iraq last fall was correct; something
that probably should have been done in '98 when Saddam first refused their entry. Actually, Saddam's compliance
on inspections last fall was likely a big setback for Bush's
war plans; the rest of the world seemed to prefer this slower, methodical approach to disarmament rather than war.
I also agree that we(U.S.) have significantly damaged our
citizenship and credibility in the world community with our
actions. I still don't understand lobbying the U.N. to start a war against Iraq, based on Saddam's U.N. violations,
only to tell the U.N. and most of the rest of the world to
fuck off when the the vote came up short. And yes, I do
think this adds fuel to terrorism's fire. It is exactly what radicals are willing to die for.
As for "spreading our vision", well, what is it? What are our guiding principles on who we choose to "liberate"? How should we respond to Israel's settlements on land which the Palestinians once occupied, for example? Where is our fairness and consistency of policy and ideals?