I hear what you are saying and I will check out your links. I want you to think about one thing though. Do you want to fight the terro's in Iraq or in America, because if the troops withdraw they will bring the fight to America. I was involved in fighting terro's for 15 years and currently 35000 of my army mates are doing duty in Iraq. If the fight comes to America what now appears as bad laws will look like Sunday school readings compared to what will be implemented Whether you like it or not the way of life in America changed forever with 911. I also believe Canada will be changed in the future with a similar event.
They are fighting us because we are over there. Not because we are free and have democracy, or our culture, etc. We are over there occupying and manipulating their countries. We'd do the same thing if someone was here telling us how to live our lives and manipulating our government!!
We can't just simply leave, we must be honest with the middle east and tell them the real reasons why we were over there and explain to them it will never happen again. Explain to them its not a crusade and we have nothing against them or their religion. It was about strategic locations and resources. Then further drive home that we are very sorry and it will never happen again. Be human. Be humble.
After that, secure our borders and continue to have a modest national defense. Continue talks with other nations to ensure they have proper security and can help prevent these people from getting on planes to come here and kill us, and/or to protect our embassies.
Honestly I don't fear the 'terrorists'. I do fear China and Russia though. They are backing iran and they have interests in the middle east for oil. If we keep being bullies in the middle east and secure the oil, we may have ww3 over resources as oil supplies run out in the near future.
A better idea to fight terrorism and china is to invest in alternative energies to wean ourselves from sucking at the tit of oil... and stop buying crap we don't need from china and make it here instead.
the problem with making things here at home is because of inflation. our cost of living and wages are so artificially high, that we can't compete on a global market. look at argentina - their stuff is super cheap after their currency collapsed. we will need to do the same thing here. reset our prices to something realistic. we cant keep printing money and inflating values to give the illusion of prosperity.. debt does not = wealth.
just look at the price of gold and the stock market, this scenario is coming at us fast....
i'd like a future where we are motivated by the good of our communities rather than chasing inflated paper dollars that continue to lose their value as we print more and prices increase....... what is the point?