Last night I saw Bill Maher at the Tower Theater (as I talked about earlier) with penguinangel and Her Joel. More liberal dweebs than you can swing a stick at... if you're into that sort of thing. I don't think I'm going to future Maher shows the next time he's in the area. He had some funny lines, but overall the show was, in my opinion, too "clappy" and not "laughy" enough, if you know what I mean. By the end I felt like I was at some sort of convention than a comedy show. I agreed with much of what he had to say, but rallies and propaganda make me uneasy.
I was just glancing at the list of most linked pages on Bloglines and came across an article in the Washington Post: Poll Finds Dimmer View of Iraq War. 52% Say U.S. Has Not Become Safer. I have a few thoughts on that.
On one hand, I'm happy that more people are realizing that the relationship between our safety and our invasion of Iraq is nonexistant at best, and an inverse one at worst. As anyone who has spoken about politics with me over the past few years knows, I have always argued that invading Iraq was not in our best interests. Heck, I've even taken the stance at times that invading Iraq was not necessarally in the Iraqi people's best interest! I like it when people agree with me. It reaffirms my presumptious view that my opinion is the correct one in most instances. ;-)
On the other hand, we are already there. Whether there is any type of government in Iraq is arguable and, regardless, they do not have the ability to stabalize the region at this point. We already destroyed the infastructure and the old government for these people; it could turn to a state of anarchy and chaos if we left at this point. Not only would that be bad for the Iraqis, but it would be bad for us, since that would be a great place to recruit America Hata's. It's unfortunate that, assuming this poll is accurate, that we are at this point obligated, for both moral and practical reasons, a war which the majority of the populace does not support. (52% are against the war... didn't Bush say that 51% qualified as a "mandate"? Oh dear.)
Oh, what a world we live in.