Random musings from a libertarian, tech geek...
The problem is that she's got requestor / requestee completely mixed up. Turkey is demanding the aid package, not simply being offered one. "That many believe... are the real reasons for war" -- Why doesn't she just come out and say that she's a "no blood for oil" type of gal? She cautiously deflects from having to defend the statement by merely saying "many believe..."
Luckily she comes back to it here:
Well, I guess since they've got oil and many Americans drive SUV's, then for Jill the case is closed. Forget about WMD, acid torture baths, 4 Million refugees, pan-Arab ambitions, stomping on UN resolutions for the past 12 years (but of course the one right around the corner is critical for Jill), and finding the first step towards revitalizing the region. In the end, they've got oil and rich, old, white men in Texas have some association with it.
Jill's underlying world view comes into sharp focus here:
Whoa, will someone please help Jill inform Western Europe, former Eastern Europe, Japan, S. Korea, Kuwait, Kosovo, Bosnia, Somalia, & Afghanistan that we've suddenly changed our minds about packing up and leaving a place better than when our military first found it? We could've hung out and extracted tribute and plundered treasures but instead we pay rents, provide aid, and helped established democracies. (please, no cheap shots about Vietnam....).
This letter from an Iraqi-in-exile whacks at Jill's *real* bailiwick:
Let's return to Jill --
No. Those klepto-regimes are going to shake in their boots when their citizens see the kind of world that's being shaped in front of them within Iraq. It's going to scare the bejesus out of many of their leaders when it's revealed that much of what Saddam had to do to stay in power is exactly what they're secretly doing now to their own people. It's going to reset the citizenry's expectations about what their regimes can/should do for them. In the long run, it's going to reset the individuals' expectations about whom he lives his life for and what constitutes self-actualization.
More History for ya Jill. To paraphrase a memorable pro-war protest sign, War hasn't solved anything except: Fascism, Communism, Nazism, Ethnic Cleansing, and Islamo-fundamentalist regimes. Baathism's next.
Well, if you include certain forms of psychological hurt, then I guess you're talking about France and Germany. Of course, Jill doesn't account for the "legions of people" who previously hated America and who used to run an entire country called Afghanistan. 9/11 didn't happen because we attacked Afghanistan first.
Something tells me we're going to have a very difficult time explaining pre-emption as laid out in the National Security Strategy doc to Jill. I *hate* the pithy-ness of "no blood for oil" but I'm going to respond to Jill with the (almost) equally pithy statement "I trust Bush more than Saddam."