Political Commentary by Russell Newquist 

 Knowledge is more powerful than any force. The mind is the ultimate weapon.


Iraq & A Hard Place Part 1


23, 2003 45: AM CST

Iím going to begin this series with a few predictions. On the evening of April 1, plus or minus one week, the United States is going to invade Iraq. The invasion will be authorized by the United Nations Security Council. Saudi Arabia and Turkey will grant to use their bases for the attacks. And coalition forces will defeat Iraq handily in less than one month, even if Saddam Hussein orders the use of his weapons of mass destruction.

Nobodyís going to be reeling in shock from these predictions. However, it seems that very few people understand the full depth of reasons why we will be engaging in this conflict. Regardless of which side of the debate they fall on, everybody seems to agree that President Bush has not properly explained his position to the American people or to the world. And although I have read many good articles and watched many news programs arguing either for or against an invasion, I havenít seen a clear, complete argument, on either side, anywhere.

I will attempt to present that argument here. I will begin by dispelling several popular myths related to the impending invasion. I will follow with a chronicle of the reasons for our invasion. Then, I will analyze and refute the arguments against it. I will include a vision of what the conflict will be like Ė a vision that does not include many of the nightmare scenarios envisioned by some others. And I will conclude with a brief look ahead at the aftermath of the war.


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Part 1
Part 2
Myths & Legends: Oil
Part 3
Myths & Legends: Cowboy Bush
Part 4
Myths & Legends: International Law
Part 5
United States Strategic Interests
Part 6
The Iraqi Menace
Part 7
Give Inspectors a Chance?
Part 8
What Gives Us the Right?
Part 9
Are We Just Making Things Worse?
Part 10
The Mistakes We've Made
Part 11
The Road Ahead
Part 12
Questions on Iraq
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Dividends & Deficits
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This is commentary by Russell Newquist
Reprinted with permission