Friday, July 27, 2007

Just a Thought: What Does "Withdraw Troops" Mean?

There has been, and probably will be, news about how many people would prefer that U.S. troops be back home, instead of Iraq.

It sounds like a repudiation of U.S. policy, but is it?

I might prefer that U.S. troops be back home, instead of occupying Germany. Although it doesn't make the news as often as Middle East affairs, the U.S. military has been mired in Germany since the 1940s.

Wait a minute! U.S. troops "occupying Germany?!" U.S. military "mired in Germany?!"

No, I don't see that the U.S. military presence in Germany over the last few generations constitutes a quagmire.

And, I don't think that wanting soldiers to be home with their families is the same as believing that the cause they are defending is wrong.

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Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.