Again, below is an email I sent to a "Conservative" (nowadays that means Neoconservative, a horse of a different color) friend of mine.
HERE IS THE CRUX OF THE PROBLEM RE: the U.S. Gov't and the Middle East---
From the article you sent, toward the end of it:
"But only a fool would believe weapons of mass destruction were the only reason for the war. The U.S.-led invasion, or liberation, was in fact part of a vision to remake the Middle East..."
Show me ANY portion of the Constitution (the Supreme Law of the Land) which delegates authority from We the People to the Fed Gov't to undertake any such task anywhere in the world. Seriously.
That quote has the footprint of an unelected Oligarchy all over it. Who appointed the U.S. Gov't to "remake the Middle East"? No country has the legitimate right to remake any region.
Think about that; I don't see how any person could disagree, especially one who considers himself a Conservative.
The very concept of remaking a region such as the Middle East fits right in with Bush's apparent belief in some sort of Divine Right to "spread democracy" by force. I'm sorry, but that's totally un-American. It's blatant hegemony. We have no such Right. No government does. Our motto should be Zero Aggression; self-defense only.