John Cox on War & Peace
Republican Party Chair, Cook County (IL)
A: We were attacked on 9/11. I feel that Pres. Bush was right to take the fight to the terrorists. But the post-invasion rebuilding and security have been horribly mismanaged. We built a government and bureaucracy but didn’t rebuild the economy the way we did in post WWII Germany & Japan. Iraq should be a wealthy, prosperous country today and we better get going on pumping their oil and rebuilding as soon as possible.
A: I would do whatever necessary to get their oil pumping at 100% of their capacity, rather than the 30% they are doing right now. Get the prosperity to the people and get our troops home. I would also get the Iraqi government to call on other democratic Muslim nations to put together a coalition of Muslim forces to replace Americans in the security role. That would allow us to redeploy to the borders and ultimately home.
A: The unemployment rate in Baghdad is 50% or more. Get people working and prosperous--using their oil revenue, not money from US taxpayers--and the security situation will stabilize and success will be achieved.
A. People think we are there just to dominate that country. We are there to spread prosperity. I am not for the increase in troops. We ought to put those soldiers on the oil wells and pipelines and get those wells going. I am not for cutting and running. That country is sitting on an ocean of oil. That should be a wealthy country. Iraqis should be pumping it to the benefit of them, not for the benefit of us.
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