Wow, I'm amazed at the comments here. So many, with valuable and insightful opinions. Opinions which seem to be either one-sided, shortsighted, or strongly anit-whoever.
I must preface any comments I make by saying that yes, I am a registered republican, yes I did vote for 'W', and yes I have been in the military, I have seen action and I am a disabled vet as a result of that action.
Now with that said, let me say this about that:
God has nothing to do with what is happening in the world - He created us (assuming you believe in God) as thinking, feeling, reasoning beings and graced us with a gift called 'free will', to assume He would involve himself in the daily activities of man would negate the sanctity of free will and make our existence a sham.
War is unpleasant, many times unnecessary, and often the only resort. I personally feel that this country is rushing headlong into something we may be able to avoid. Although, I believe that war with Iraq is inevitible, and honestly I think it is necessary, I also believe we should give the UN inspections more time - time to reveal what is really going on over there. The problem with waiting is Saddam's continual production of biological weapons.
Do any of you think he is NOT producing these weapons? If you truly believe that then I feel for you and your loved ones - to be in the world with such a naive outlook can be dangerous.
The difficulty as I see it - the proverbial rock and a hardplace - is that the longer we wait to go in and destroy them, the better equipped they will be to unleash those biological weapons upon us in the ensuing war. If we do nothing, Saddam will, no doubt about it, terrorize, invade, or unleash horrible mass destruction on the citizens of the world. His end is absolutely necessary.
So what do we do? Wait for concensus from the world? and while waiting give him time to produce more biological stockpiles? Do we do nothing and wait for him to unleash the mother of all murders? Do we rush in now and wipe them out and face the wrath and condemnation of the world?
No easy solution here. If I were in the oval office, I would wait, just a bit, give the world notice that the US will follow their advice and wait, and pray that he does not attack someone in the mean time. But make it clear in no uncertain terms that when we do go in, those allies who had us wait get to go in first, get the first taste of anthrax, small pox, serrin gas, or whatever else he's produced.
I'm almost worn out now... But let me say this. Those of you who seem to feel that Bush is a mindless puppet, or a mad fool bent on world war, I ask that you take a reality pill and look around you. No other US president had an event like 911 to deal with, since Pearl Harbor (and look what we did then - war, wasn't it?), he is a man, with access to information that we do not have, reasons to act that we are not privvy to. You appear to think that he is different than most of the people you live and work with everyday, that somehow he is one-dimensional, obsessed, or stupid. Can you say that about any average person in the world? If not them, why him?
Okay, one more thing. Colin Powell. I know him, I worked with him in the military and I can tell you the man is not single minded, nor a war hound. He is an extremely talented, pragmatic, caring, intelligent man (who I would have voted for many times if he ran for president) he is the main advisor to our president on this matter and for me - if he feels military action is necessary and urgently needed, well, that is more than good enough for me.
Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
Nil Desperandum, Fata viem invenient