The painful truth is that in our bids to play kingmaker, the United States has caused more troubles for itself in the long run. Not content with simply protecting our interests abroad, there seems to be this need to manipulate events and internal politics, and for what? Saddam Hussein took the weapons, training and money we funneled into Iraq and made a royal nuisance of himself, ultimately costing the lives of many Americans in a war that has made us no safer than we were in September 2001. Nor have we really made Iraq that much safer for its inhabitants, have we? I'm not even going to start on the whole Osama Bin Laden thing... we fucked ourselves good with that little jaunt, didn't we?
Saddam Hussein is dead. Dubya will undoubtedly make some pointless statement about how this marks an end to a horrible era, but that much work remains to be done in Iraq. In other words, more lives will be lost, more money will be wasted, in a pointless attempt to somehow save face. Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it... the sad state of affairs is that some of the same advisors to Dubya were there to see the Vietnam War end as a total catastrophe. Those arrogant bastards should know better dammit!
Here's a novel idea: let's get our noses out of other countries' governments. Who gives a rat's white fanny if the government is composed of Islamic fundamentalists? As long as they don't mess with our interests, what the hell is the problem? If they start messing with our interests, then go in and kick the shit out of them... at least then we'll have some kind of "just cause". Because the tack we've been taking isn't working folks... all we've managed to do is piss a bunch of people off because we want to tell them how to live their lives. At least we pay taxes for that privelege.
Saddam Hussein, may you rest in peace. Yours was a troubled soul, and if there is such a thing as reincarnation, perhaps you will get a chance to start making up for those things you did in this life. What you did was wrong, let there be no doubt, but you weren't alone in your perfidity.