War will lead U.S. to its downfall


Published: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 10:57 p.m.
I read in the Jan. 14 Sun those who favor Bush's new plan and many who oppose it are in agreement that "the consequences will be dire if it flops," such as: undermining United States credibility, regional conflagrations, an emboldened Iran and creating a haven for terrorists in Iraq.
Later I saw Secretary Condoleezza Rice testifying to the Senate about the plan. To nearly every inquiry from Republican and Democratic senators she emphasized the need for the Iraqi government to step up and start controlling the insurgency and said that, without this, we will not succeed.
I thought about how the richest, strongest and greatest country in the world got into a situation where we are totally dependent on the resolve of a third world government for our success in a matter of such international importance.
It has resulted from generals too spineless to tell a president with absolutely no combat experience that his war plan was flawed, by a Congress too busy collecting money from lobbyists to properly vet the war, by an administration with an ego far in excess of its abilities and by citizens too apathetic to vote.
These seem to me the ideal conditions for the decline and fall of the United States. I pray I am wrong.

Sam Ulbing,

Alachua

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