bassjones wrote:It's not that I don't want to pay any taxes, it's that I want the government to do their job - and only their job.
Their one and only job is to protect us from foreign invasion and defend the constitution. That's it. Well, that and stay the f out of the way of people who actually produce goods and services for other people. Neither major party wants any part of that.
I support toppling Hussein because he attempted to assasinate a sitting President in 1992 - W's daddy. That alone is grounds for a declaration of war. Let alone the wmds that, once again, even France said he had at the time. Let alone the human rights abuses. And yes, I know, there are worse cases in the world - but we don't have national security issues there. And even if it is all about oil, we need oil, so who gives a f... We still haven't taken any though. Most wars are about things like land and oil. They're usually wrapped in other sh*t like religion, but really it's all about the ends.
An assassination attempt that took place 11 years before? Give me a break. Firing at a few planes? You go blow a few things up. WMD? Show me, don't tell me. Those things aren't justification for war. Let alone a quagmire that has us stuck in a place for science knows how long, and is sucking up 12 billion a month. For a shitehole like Iraq? Not a good idea.
You know, I was in Belgium last month, and I was a little tipsy (OK, really really tipsy) and had just finished eating a Kebab around 5am. I was fumbling through my Euros, and made a joke that I didn't quite have the system down yet (1 euro and 2 euro are coins...there is no 1 euro bill, and I wasn't familiar with the other coins yet). So the guy at the counter asks me where I'm from. I tell him I'm an American. So I play friendly and ask him where he is from...he says, "I'm from a Kurd from Northern Iraq." Not in an angry tone or anything, but I'm like, "OOOH! Man, I'm sorry about that war! I didn't support it!" But he is still kind, and says, "well, I had to leave my country, but it's not your fault." So I say, "well, how do you feel about the war?" He says, "well, Saddam was not a very good politician. But things were not that bad."
This is only one example, but this a Kurd telling me this. Dude lost his home and had to leave his country on our account. (But still served me a forking great kebab.) He hardly has anything bad to say about Saddam.
"My friend says he wants to die. He's in a band, they sound like Pearl Jam, the clothes are all black and the music is crap."
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