To GUEST Ed Evans:
It's really a shame I did not also see in your list of "I will nots"
I will not forget that Pres.Bush ,senior and his advisors utterly failed his military in "stopping" them from going on to Baghdad and "finishing the job" , even though clear victory was at hand, and has thus borught to where we are right now; namely putting far more of our brave boys and far,far more billion$ of precious miltary materiale ( not to mention our entire economy ) at risk and "in harm's way".
I will not forget the moral vistory handed over to "1st wave " of Islamist terorists by the "Reagan administration" when their poor military preparation allowed the mass murdxer of 240 of your fellow marines "in their beds" and then Reagan "turned tail" ,packed up and diserted Lebanon without a single effective response. ( Pleasedon't refer to that pathetic little sideshow in Granada as anything less than a dodge ).
I will thus not tolerate the message that this utter failure of the Reagan admin sent a clear message to the 1st wave of growing Islamist terrorist regimes that all you have to do is bloody America's nose and they will retreat.
I will not tolerate that the Reagan admin supported Saddam Hussein so long as he warred against Iran only to face this obscene case of extreme "blowback " now in 2003 , that we supported , supplied , and trained up to deadly efficiency the Mujahadeen to turn back the Soviets only to abbandon them when that job was done and thus letting loose the forces that
lead to the Taliban rule in Afghnistan and , ultimately 9/11.
I share your passion for being the effective watch on the guard ,but your selective nightblidness to "direct" involvement ( and outright blunders) of the Reagan/Bush admins clearly seting the stage for all of these current dawn-of-war crises really blows a lot of your credability. Your heart's in the right place ,but to totally ignore the core causes of these 21st century catastrophe's waiting to happen means your head is as blinded by the bushwah of your own "idelogically correct" preference as is the far left's.
( Remember Reagan's bold-fsacelie to the american public that "We will "not" do deals with terrorists and then remember Iran-Contra. Keep it real or keep it quiet )