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OfflineEllis Dee
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10 questions about Iraq
    #1331810 - 02/24/03 02:55 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

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Libertarians challenge Bush to answer
10 questions before going to war with Iraq

WASHINGTON, DC – The Libertarian Party is challenging President Bush to
answer 10 simple, but important, questions about his policy of waging
war against Iraq.

"Although President Bush has made several attempts to explain why
deposing Saddam Hussein is worth risking U.S. lives, millions of
Americans remain unconvinced," said Geoffrey Neale, Libertarian Party
national chair. "That's why Libertarians are respectfully asking the
president to answer these obvious but overlooked questions about his
Iraq policy."

(1) Isn't it possible that invading Iraq will cause more terrorism than
it prevents?

"The al-Qaeda network has explicitly threatened to murder innocent
Americans in retaliation for a U.S. raid on Iraq," Neale said. "Why
hasn't Mr. Bush addressed this possibility?

"Even General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander of
Europe, says: 'Attacking Iraq will detract from our primary mission
against al-Qaeda, supercharge anti-American sentiment in the Arab
street and boost al-Qaeda's recruiting.' Is Gen. Clark wrong?"

(2) If Saddam is really a threat to the Middle East, why do his
neighbors seem to fear him less than the U.S. government does?

"None of the countries bordering Iraq have been clamoring for the
United States to protect them from Saddam," Neale noted. "So how can
Bush argue that Saddam poses a threat to a nation halfway around the
globe?"

(3) Why do you maintain that Iraq poses a more immediate threat than
North Korea?

"North Korean leader Kim Jong-il admits that he has nuclear weapons
capable of hitting U.S. targets, and brags that he can 'win' a nuclear
war with the United States," Neale said. "Please explain why Americans
should fear Iraq more than this belligerent, and apparently unstable,
communist dictator."

(4) Why do you believe a U.S.-led "regime change" will do any more
good in Iraq than it did in Panama, Haiti, or Bosnia?

"Like previous presidents, the Bush administration promises to topple
a tyrant and liberate the nation," Neale observed. "But if the history
of U.S. intervention is any guide, Bush will merely replace one
dictator with another."

(5) You say Saddam has refused to comply with U.N. weapons inspectors.
Does that mean that you intend to subject Americans to U.N. mandates in
the future?

"No one should be surprised if this notoriously anti-American agency
decrees that it's our turn to submit to a weapons inspection, or
demands that U.S. troops be sent into a bloody, pointless battle
overseas," Neale said.

"Yet how could Mr. Bush refuse such requests without being denounced
as a hypocrite? And how could he comply without betraying U.S.
sovereignty?"

(6) You point out that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction that
"could" be turned over to terrorists. But couldn't the same be said of
Pakistan, North Korea, and dozens of other nations? And do you intend
to launch pre-emptive strikes against them as well?

"Bombing Iraq because of what it 'might' do would set a frightening
precedent," Neale said. "Imagine the global chaos that would result if
every nation followed Bush's example, and you'll understand how
reckless a first-strike policy is."

(7) Won't attacking Iraq make Saddam more likely to launch a biological
or chemical attack?

"During the Gulf War, the Iraqi leader apparently decided that
unleashing such devastating weapons was not in his self-interest,"
Neale observed. "But this time Saddam knows he is targeted personally
– which means he has nothing to lose. If Bush really wants to avoid
such a catastrophe, he can prove it by keeping U.S. troops out of
Iraq."

(8) Considering that many of the September 11 hijackers were Saudi
nationals – not Iraqis – why haven't you publicly accused the Saudi
government of sponsoring terrorism?

"Bush has struggled mightily to produce a link between Iraq and the
9/11 terrorists, while refusing to address allegations of Saudi
complicity," Neale said. "The grieving families of the 9/11 victims
have a right to know why."

(9) Why have you stopped mentioning the name of the one individual who
has been most closely linked to the 9/11 attacks: Osama bin Laden?

"Bush's interest in the world's most-wanted terrorist seems to have
vanished mysteriously into the caves of Tora Bora," Neale said. "So
it's understandable for Americans to wonder if invading Iraq is Bush's
way of punishing Saddam Hussein for the crimes of bin Laden."

(10) Finally, Mr. President, if your Iraq policy is so successful, why
are Americans more afraid than ever?

"As the attack against Iraq draws near, the Homeland Security
Department has raised the terrorist threat level to orange; started to
educate the nation about how to cope with dirty bombs and chemical
attacks; and warned panicky Americans to stockpile food, water and
medical supplies," Neale said.

"If this policy is a success, how would we measure failure?"




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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1331846 - 02/24/03 03:08 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Dead on. I never thought I'd say this, but "Hooray for the Libertarian Party!"


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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1331919 - 02/24/03 03:31 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Lovely. Thanks man.


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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1332025 - 02/24/03 04:06 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Very nice.



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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1332125 - 02/24/03 04:51 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

All valid questions that deserve to be answered...perhaps some of our Pro-Bush Shroomerites would like to take a crack at a few of them in the interest of debate?


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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1332133 - 02/24/03 04:52 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I would like to hear the answers. I think Republicans and Democrats should join with the Libertarians in asking for an answer to these questions. Thanks.


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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: Rono]
    #1332137 - 02/24/03 04:53 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

No need to answer those questions, the answers might prove us wrong :blush:


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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1332207 - 02/24/03 05:19 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

All very good points, and all things that those in positions of power don't seem to want to address.

I think that Bush, or someone in his administration should be forced to give straightforward answers to questions like these before they go ahead and start a war. I don't see how anyone could disagree with that. If you're confident that military action is the best option, then you should be confident that all of these questions can be answered by the government.


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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1332222 - 02/24/03 05:24 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Yes!  The Libertarians show their backbone!  :grin:

If the Libertarian party had a solid, sensible plan for running the Federal Government, I think they would have a chance at the White House. 


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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: EchoVortex]
    #1332252 - 02/24/03 05:32 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

Dead on. I never thought I'd say this, but "Hooray for the Libertarian Party!"



Although I am a Socialist, I have almost always agreed with the Libertarian party on non-economic issues. The one exception has been gun control, tho I've softened my position on that since I first came to the Shroomery.


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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1332969 - 02/25/03 01:16 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

(1) Isn't it possible that invading Iraq will cause more terrorism than
it prevents?



anything is possible, however i think it really doesn't matter because terrorism will never stop until the radical muslims are taken out or the muslim community expells them.

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(2) If Saddam is really a threat to the Middle East, why do his neighbors seem to fear him less than the U.S. government does?



the Kuwaiti government and people are still scared shitless. Do i think Iraq is a direct threat to the us? No. BTW i don't believe the US is scared of anyone really.

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(3) Why do you maintain that Iraq poses a more immediate threat than North Korea?



I personally don't, but i think N. Korea is just sabre rattling

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(4) Why do you believe a U.S.-led "regime change" will do any more good in Iraq than it did in Panama, Haiti, or Bosnia?



I don't believe it will be any better and couldn't care less about the regime that replaces saddam but i do know i just want saddam to be either eliminated or taken out of power.
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(5) You say Saddam has refused to comply with U.N. weapons inspectors. Does that mean that you intend to subject Americans to U.N. mandates in the future?



those mandates were a result of a surrender agreement, not really relavent

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(6) You point out that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction that "could" be turned over to terrorists. But couldn't the same be said of Pakistan, North Korea, and dozens of other nations? And do you intend
to launch pre-emptive strikes against them as well?



I agree that other countries can do the same thing just as they could launch nukes. I would not launch pre-emptive attacks because those countries, have not violated any US resolutions that i know of. Korea has violated a simple promise made to Klinton but that is like making a deal with the devil.

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(7) Won't attacking Iraq make Saddam more likely to launch a biological or chemical attack?



Saddam would be a fool to try it. Saddam gassed his own people so it is likley he will use it at any time.

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Considering that many of the September 11 hijackers were Saudi nationals – not Iraqis – why haven't you publicly accused the Saudi government of sponsoring terrorism?



I have. I have no love for saudi arabia.

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9) Why have you stopped mentioning the name of the one individual who has been most closely linked to the 9/11 attacks: Osama bin Laden?



who's stopped? I believe the man is covered with tons of rocks but who knows.

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(10) Finally, Mr. President, if your Iraq policy is so successful, why are Americans more afraid than ever?




who's afraid? I haven't met anyone in my life that is even concerned. ( i'm not saying they aren't i'm just saying that it's not as the media thinks it is.)

Just though i'd answewr the questions as a citizin of the US and not as the pres.


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Re: 10 questions about Iraq [Re: Rono]
    #1332981 - 02/25/03 01:30 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

perhaps some of our Pro-Bush Shroomerites would like to take a crack at a few of them in the interest of debate?



your turn.


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