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Friday, February 04, 2005

The Law of Unintended Consequences

I guess Vinnie from Chicago didn't show to fix the election.

The mullahs seem to have won the election in Iraq and made the lives of 1300 Americans the price for the creation of an Islamic state. I wonder if, after searching for WMDs, that was the goal most of these men and women were seeking.

It proves the most immutable law of government: The Law of Unintended Consequences. Let's stretch our imaginations and say we went into Iraq to bring them democracy. True democracy brings surprises. Just ask Allawi.

So now what do we do? Do we stay and protect a government that may very well oppose our attempts to get the REAL bad guys in the region, the Iranian mullahs, to get rid of their nascent nukes? Do we protect a government that will, at its core, foment a hatred for one of our most precious pieces of foreign policy: our support for Israel?

What a mess we have gotten ourselves into. I guess the Powell Doctrine is right. You break it...you own it. Unless you pay and leave the pieces in the store.

I think we have paid enough with our blood. Sadly, it looks as though all the effort, pain and horror was wasted.

On to Social Security.