I was having a rousing discussion with an 80-year old man the other day about the Iraqi quagmire. He agreed with me that "lies and deceptions" caused us to overthrow a legitimate nation that had never attacked us or even had the where-with-all to do so. But strangely enough he had an opinion about "exit strategy" that thoroughly shocked my senses. he stated rather bluntly that the US government had a moral responsibility NOT to cut and run.
He used the analogy of a "gang who stages a house invasion of a neighbor who they don't like and fear. he continued with this analogy about how this gang kills family members, trashes the house and steals most of the valuable content. He said that this gang had the moral obligation to stay and "rebuild" the house to its former condition and financially compensate those within.
He went on to explain how we as a nation (gang) entered Iraq illegally, killed members of that nation, trashed its infrastructure and looted its valuables. He claimed we are morally responsible for the full and total restoration of Iraq. His idea on how to begin this "restoration" is to us present US military troops as workers to repair and restore the infrastructure while slowly phasing these troops out with civilian replacements. He claimed it would probably cost us between 25-65 Trillion Dollars over a 10-year period to restore that country to its former glory. I was quite startled at his viewpoint and caused me to question my own ideas about quick withdrawal.
I really don't know but it sounds like a good idea to discuss.