Get rid of the people who helped with the 9/11 attacks
Help free the Iraqi people
Bring democracy to the Iraqi people
Bring democracy to the region
Bring peace and stability to Iraq
Bring peace and stability to the region
Help secure Iraq's oil reserve
Help establish military bases in Iraq
Help our military test weapons and tactics
Help enrich military/reconstruction contractors
Help install a friendly government
Help build an Iraqi security/military force
Just a few of the rationalizations for our current situation in Iraq. They either have been openly espoused by the current administration or they lie right under the surface of the debate. I don’t believe that any of the above is worth the sacrifice of one American citizen or soldier. All the lies, money, or pipe dreams in the world are not worth a son or a daughter. There are wars that must be fought. There are also wars that only serve to advance political or economic agendas. We need to be able to recognize the difference.
The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms, and false reasonings, is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges. You would be convinced, that natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator, to the whole human race; and that civil liberty is founded in that; and cannot be wrested from any people, without the most manifest violation of justice. Civil liberty is only natural liberty, modified and secured by the sanctions of civil society. It is not a thing, in its own nature, precarious and dependent on human will and caprice; but it is conformable to the constitution of man, as well as necessary to the well-being of society.