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The administration has an obligation to the American people to provide what it promised

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Submitted by Alex C (United States), May 7, 2003 at 20:09

Because the war was sold to the American people on the premise of freeing the Iraqis -- what greater proof than the name "Operation Iraqi Freedom" -- the administration has an obligation to the American people to provide what it promised.

Many of us "bought" the war because we were convinced by the administration that Saddam was evil and that the war would help Iraqis.

If the war was sold to us only on the premise that Iraq is a security threat, then Dr. Pipes would have a point. But it would be a denial of the obvious to claim that that was how the war was spun, or fought for that matter, as Iraqis were promised freedom and a better life for supporting us. To say that and walk away would be akin to Iraqi soldiers attacking our troops under the cover of surrender.

It was clearly promised to Americans that the war would make life better for Iraqis. And it was promised to the Iraqi people that this was was for their freedom. To walk away now and break those promises would be morally wrong and unworthy of our nation. (not to mention strategically short sighted, as how many North Koreans would support us if they knew we could care less about their fate, that we only cared for our own)

Alex C
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