I think that the Bush administration's decision to unilaterally attack Iraq is reckless, irresponsible, and sets a dangerous precedent.
I don't think that the administration ever made the case for war in a clear or compelling way, and as a result, America's prestige has
been terribly damaged.
Having lived overseas for many of the last fifteen years, I can never remember a time when I was hesitant or ashamed to
admit that I am an American. But I am both hesitant and ashamed now.
Even if the war is "quick and clean" as so many people expect, the long-term ramifications of this attack and occupation have to be considered. I can't
see how deposing Saddam is going to quell the hatred that Islamic extremists have for the "Great Satan." Indeed, this war will likely
inflame them further.
The world will become more dangerous because of this action, not less. I don't deny that Saddam is a monster,
and I have great sympathy for the Iraqi people who suffer under his regime, but I think that full-scale war to topple him is the last course of action the U.S. should have considered.
It's a sad day for our country and its leaders. I look forward to voting against George W. Bush in the next election. "Regime change" begins at home.
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