A short burst of reason
Commander Jeff Huber, U.S. Navy (Retired) has the kind of opinions that you only see in military officers these days after they have retired. Of all the 9/11 comments I've seen over the last couple of days, his essay at Pen and Sword makes the most sense to me. He says in part,
But the truth is, as Murtha has stated many times, the longer we allow ourselves to be ground into powder in Iraq in a civil war/insurgency that no longer really concerns us, the more we weaken ourselves and the more we strengthen adversaries and competitors like China, Russia, Iran and, yes, Osama bin Laden.A lot of people seem to have placed their reliance on Bush because he professes a strong religious belief. Never mind the question of whether belief is a good or bad thing. They forget that sometimes people lie about what they believe—politicians in particular. And what people do is almost always a better indication of what they believe than what they say.
And the best way for Americans to aid in weakening their country further is by continuing to support a bad war started bad reasons by bad men who ran it badly. At the end of the day, the only real reason to back continued U.S. presence is to save the face of one George W. Bush, and that's not a face worth saving.
George W. Bush is not America.