1.) How should we go about building a new Iraq? More specifically, who should be involved, and who should decide?
My belief is that the countries who are part of this coalition should be involved, each with a level of involvement relative to their level of involvement during
the war. So yes, in my opinion, the United States should have the greatest piece of the pie, as we had the greater piece of the pie during
the war. Yes, our level of involvement was our choice, as was the level of involvements of the other coalitions their choice as well.
I view is as an investment of sorts. If I invest more money and time in an endeavor, I should participate and benefit from the aftereffects of that endeavor more than someone who didn't
invest as much.
2.) Do you believe that we will see, or have seen a negative reaction in Arab opinion upon the U.S.? If so, how do you propose we deal with/improve it?
This I don't know. I think in our time, we will see negative reactions, but we've seen negative reactions from them all my
life anyway. I think their opinion over time will change, but it may not be until my children are grown. But then again, that's why I was for this war to begin with - so my
children wouldn't have to be dealing with the middle east.
.) Do you believe that this war will reduce or increase the potential of terrorist attacks on the U.S.? Why?
In all honesty, I expected a retaliatory terrorist attack on US soil already; afterall that was what was threatened the moment we stepped foot in Iraq. I think the fact we haven't speaks to two things:
1. The effectivness of Homeland Security. While there are aspects of it I disagree with, clearly I think they have thwarted any attack on us as of late, namely by the arrests they HAVE made of key terrorist leaders.
2. I strongly believe that a capable nation such as Iraq was spearheading and supporting most of it. I think that as a result of our at least putting a large hole in their leadership, we've in effect halted any worldwide, large coordinated effect of terrorism here.
I think in the long run, terrorist attacks will decrease.
.) Do you feel that we have isolated ourselves from our traditional allies? If so, how?
I think we've discovered and are still in the process of discovering who are "traditional" allies really are. Did anyone really expect Japan to align with us - ever? Especially after WWII? My point is I guess that I think from this, new
allies will be discovered and formed, and those "traditional" allies will be discovered for if we really should consider them an ally to begin with. If it behooves us to develop relationships with other countries (other than just the post WWII victors) then by all means that's to our benefit.
5.) Do you feel we are justified in choosing to pursue a war outside of the realm of UN approval? Will it have a future impact upon the US or the UN?
I feel we are justified. Some of the permanent members (France, Russia) I don't trust and in relation to my answer to your second last question above, not sure we should
be trusting them. Secondly, the UN is archaic. Why are certain countries not included as permanent members, such as Germany and Japan? Perhaps the face of the UN should change as well. When the UN was formed things were different - perhaps it should be changed to reflect the change in times.