When are you guys going to get off this Haliburton thing? People don’t ascend to the highest office in the country just so they can slide a few million bucks to their buddies at Haliburton. The notion that the Iraq war was just a big conspiracy to feed money to Cheney’s ex business partners is more than simplistic - it’s idiotic.
The Bush administration honestly believes in what it’s doing. That doesn’t necessarily make it right - you can argue against the administration’s Iraq policy and the war in general on many, many levels. You can argue that their stated goal of seeding the middle east with Democracy is far-fetched or impossible. You can argue that the war will make terrorism worse, and not better. You can argue that we can’t afford it. You can argue the war was a good idea, but the peace has been handled miserably.
There are many reasonable arguments you can make against the Bush administration, and then it’s up to the other side to defend itself. Continually harping about Haliburton and blood for oil do not fit in this category. They are silly arguments.
At the least, you might consider the nuanced position, which is that the administration honestly believes it’s doing the right thing, but its intimate involvement with companies like Haliburton subtly biases them to favor some plans over others. If a president worked for GM in the past, and was fighting World War II, he might honestly believe that GM is a better supplier of tanks than Ford. Not because he’s an evil rapacious capitalist trying to line the pockets of his GM buddies, but because he has experience with one company and not the other, and it clouds his judgement.
But as soon as someone says, “This whole war is about Cheney paying off his Haliburton buddies and George paying off his oil buddies”, I just write them off as not having a clue what the real issues are. And I’ll bet most other people do too.