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The American people, as a general whole, don't know who we are fighting in Iraq. If Bush would identify the enemy (Iran and Syria, principally, in this small region) for once, there wouldn't be any more idiotic calls for an exit strategy. No, wait, there is an exit strategy. It's called ensuring regime change in Iran and Syria, and then withdrawaling most of the troops. How long are we going to try playing defense and offense at the same time?!
It also didn't help with Bush lying about WMD's in Iraq - by saying that they weren't there. ALthough that was said only weeks before the election, so I'll sort of grant that...
But Bush is far less committed to democratizing the world than he is given credit for. Take the example of spending. We're are engaged in a long-term war (albeit a new type of war, but a war nevertheless), yet he spends domestically like a socialist liberal. It looks like liberal Democrats is the party for limited government!
But the best example is the most dangerous and foreboding one - China.
The destruction of the U.S. is the stated goal of the Chinese government (and acknowledged by the U.S., too), yet China has long been a great enemy of the U.S., only getting greater every day. So what do we have from MFN China? China floods the U.S. with its products, with Bush's blessing. Ignorant Americans buy up these products, thinking they are a great bargin. Of course they are! You are keeping laborers condemned to near-slavery. The conditions they work under would be far beyond illegal in America. More like human rights abuses and torture. But since they are "over there," I guess we shouldn't care? And a lot of this money is being funnelled into China's expanding military power. In 2005, China is still an emerging power. By 2020, we may be on a collision course. We could bring about regime change very easily, without a shot being fired. True, it would cripple the U.S. economy at the same time, but that's what you get for decades of flawed decisions. You got us in this mess. Are you going to do something about it, or just let it get worse and worse, and just hope it goes away?
One last thing. If Bush followed his own doctrine, and only in the Middle East, Gaza today would not be infested with terrorists.