With all this disagreement that has been going on, I guess I would be classified as a Neo-conservative. But that doesn't bother me, because I just think of myself as a conservative and the opinions of others don't affect me.
There is this ongoing disagreement about how neo-conservatives are taking over the party with their interventionism and world police foreign policy. First off, Bush was a bad president because he couldn't stop spending, but he did keep us safe after 9/11 which is his most important job. Now Bush got us into two wars. The one in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq. Afghanistan was to fight terrorism after 9/11. The war in Iraq was because of the belief that Saddam Hussein had WMD's, which we now know is not true.
I know going to war with Iraq was a mistake, but we can't travel to the past and fix it. The United States made a mistake, simple as that. But we do we do after we committed the mistake. Do we just pullout and hope for the best for the people of Iraq. Or do we stay and try to help reestablish order and peace to the country. I think we did the right choice in staying in Iraq. The surge was a success and the people of Iraq now have freedom. It's no longer safe haven for terrorists and we now have another ally in the Middle-East. Now think about what would have happened if we would have just pulled out.
Now I know it's pointless to say what if, but it makes you think what we did was right compared to the alternatives. If we didn't stay, Iraq would be in chaos still, Iran could have invaded the weak country and take over, terrorists could have taken over the country, or maybe the Iraqi people would have just lived in peace. All of those could have been possibilities, but I know none of them included freedom for the people of Iraq.
Now those "traditional conservatives" will say, "It's not our place to decide who gets freedom and who doesn't." Here is my opinion and that's all it is. We made a mistake by invading, but what do after is more important than trying to pass blame for whose fault it is for the mistake. By staying and restoring order in Iraq we also were able to give the Iraq people something they never had, FREEDOM. For every year that live free, it's going to be much harder for someone to take it away. We are Americans, we should be encouraging freedom whenever we have the chance to. Don't stray away and hide behind our borders hoping people will not bother us, because that happens only in fairy tales.
Onto Afghanistan. We've been there for 8 years with no victory insight. It's time for a strategy change. Maybe pullout and just do special ops missions and take out terrorist leaders, maybe a troop surge similar to Iraq, I don't know. But what I do know, we can't just pullout and do nothing. Being isolated doesn't work. They will continue to attack us, and to think they won't is naive.
I know the founding fathers didn't attend for America to be a superpower. They also didn't attend a single bomb that could destroy an entire city or communication across the world in seconds. Isolation might have worked back then, but it doesn't work now. As a superpower, we have to be aware of what is happening in North Korea, China, Iran, Venezuela, and other countries. That doesn't mean we have to invade for every threat otherwise we will always be in a war. I'm saying that our awareness and involvement has kept a lot of dictators in line and stopped them from committing horrible acts. These dictators fear us because they know if they do anything out of line, we will be there to stop them in their place.
So that is my opinion about why isolating ourselves is not the right move. You can continue to debate about whose a Neo-con or whose a true conservative, but you will not change my mind. I still haven't forgotten 9/11 and I was in fifth grade when it happened. I know we can't just sit by and do nothing.
"All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke