I would not be president of the United States for $1 billion a year! I cannot imagine what it must be like to awaken every morning to the multitude of things -- both foreign and domestic -- that would fill a president's plate. And the schedule! It seems that from early morning to late in the evening -- it is go, go, go.
And there is no way to please everyone. Even those who are with you will bale out if the going gets tough. I am one of those people, I guess. I was so supportive of us going into Iraq. As I look back, I think I may have been operating out of a desire to extract revenge for 9-11 (God forgive me). Maybe we would have been better served by limiting our attacks to al-Qaida targets. The skeptic in me is even wondering if the whole reason we went into Iraq was so that our president could get revenge for Saddam's attempts to have his dad assassinated.
But now, I am wondering: Why are we going to escalate our involvement in Iraq? When will we learn from history? Korea and Viet Nam should be enough to remind us that we -- the most powerful nation on earth -- don't do too well when we go into a country and try to make it over in our image. And it certainly does not win us any friends. Why would any nation trust us when we want to come in and "help" them? We will stay only so long as American public opinion polls approve. When the polls flip-flop, we will leave those countries swaying in the wind.
That's my rant for today.