I’ve struggled all along with my feelings on the Iraq war. In all sincerity, perhaps I best sympathize with John Kerry, first for the war, then against. This story, however, strikes me as wrong.
I understand that other countries need aid to continue serving in Iraq, but it doesn’t seem quite right – especially since Bush isn’t packaging this as mere helping hand, but rather a “solidarity initiative.” Is this some kind of international recruitment by bribery? What gives? If we can’t convince others we’re right, we’ll pay them to agree? Are we telling nations that it’s profitable to join up with America? Adopting a message of that nature would be truly revolting, and, for me at least, expose “Operation Iraqi Freedom” as nothing more than a shameless power push.
Ties with nations based solely on money, and not on any kind of common ground, will last only as long as the money does. And seriously, do we really want to appear as a more attractive foreign partner solely because we’re handing out the green stuff? What kind of partners will that bring in to any coalition of the future? Maybe I’m just sick of recently watching massive amounts of money fly out of Uncle Sam’s (read: the taxpayer’s) purse, but this sure seems like one poor course of action.