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  •  World Policeman? (none)
    It's not clear that it's this country's job to step in every time a country invades a neighbor. There are plenty of conflicts where the US does not get involved.  Each case should depend on considerations of treaty obligations and national interest, and reasonable people could probably differ on our national interest in the case of Kuwait.  If Bush Sr. had decided to prosecute the war into Iraq and overthrow Saddam, we might have a different view of that war today.
    •  World is it's own policeman (none)
      "It's not clear that it's this country's job to step in every time a country invades a neighbor."

      But it IS the job of the world community to try and counter territorial aggression, whenever there is a clear cut case of breach of sovereignty of another nation. The US could lead a multinational push for doing that, being the world's most powerful nation/democracy.

      Let me remind you that US's costs and casualties in the 1991 war were less than 10% of the totals thereof.

      "If Bush Sr. had decided to prosecute the war into Iraq and overthrow Saddam, we might have a different view of that war today."

      They should've asked for Saddam's peaceful surrender in return for some cushy exile. That would've worked, and with most of the world nations on our side, we would've been able to amass the necessary troops (500K+) in no time, and defeat the insurgency in a short duration. And insituting a democracy would've had a better chance of panning out then.

    •  Bush Sr. did what he should do, IMO.... (none)
      ... i.e. build an international coalition, one that included not just nations eager to curry favor (I'm not scoffing at the Polands and Mongolias, because they do help us) but also those serving their own interests, and then do only what was required. To me, that is a model of how the US should behave. As much as people may claim oil is no justification for war, we do need it, and when international law is trampled on and it threatens our supply, it's worth fighting for.

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