You are in the previous investment trap when your bright idea goes south and you have so much invested you refuse to walk away, squandering additional time, money and effort on a salvage operation that will more than likely fail worse than the original idea. A business, a marriage, a purchase, a hobby – the trap is the same.
Iraq is a previous investment trap. The investment of political capital, money and blood for what began as a bad idea, carried on into a subsequent administration as a salvage operation. A man took it upon himself to wager the future of the world on a personal desire and ambition. He cannot say he was wrong and more than 500 leaders have stood behind him to one degree or another. Men and women of no higher moral character than the one who declares that people must die for his political dreams and objectives. To create a new and bankrupt world in accordance with his personal vision. Did I hear you say he of all people has the right? Who asked you? Who asks you about anything in this fine democracy?
Do you write letters to representatives who likely never see them and aides who are glad few people think like you? Maybe you too are in the previous investment trap, investing time, money and effort in ambitious ego maniacs obsessed by career and delusions of power.
Yet, the question is not who is to blame, the question is how to stop additional investment. The moral issues now fog the politics and economics. The first step in extraction is to tune out those who insist we must continue to salvage a bad investment, that no life has been lost in vain. That no injury has been sustained in vain. That no money spent or effort made in vain. So the losses mount as we are assured there is NO WAY OUT save continued investment. Does this not sound like a gambling addiction? This is why it is called the previous investment trap. A trap with no way out is like unto Guantanamo Bay where American Justice triumphs over evil. We might as well all hang ourselves, for there is no hope.
Why was Al Qaeda assisted in their escape from Konduz, Afghanistan in November, 2001 and later at Tora Bora only to lock up hundreds not Al Qaeda indefinitely in Cuba? Do you suppose deals are being struck, we know nothing about? Is it possible George Bush and Osama Bin Laden are on the same team? Heaven forbid huh? If it is an unproven fact, nobody wants it proven. Nobody wants it to be a fact. Good way to do abracadabra. “Watch closely while I secretly change the world before your very eyes.”
The way out is to announce your withdrawal and let the rest of the world step in and clean up a mess they refused to prevent. Americans are not alone in this mess and we can find other ways to assist our replacements or whoever is assisting the Iraqi people. But then, one man has sworn an oath saying that will never happen. America will stand with warring Iraqis come hell or high water. What man has the right to swear such an oath or the power to enforce it? Ignore him. He only imagines such things. An actor on a global stage, directing the play. Israel has paved the way to unilateral withdrawal as the U.S. has paved the way to preemptive strikes.
The ship of state is going down. Loyal Americans intend to go down with it because they are convinced there is no way out. Prayer, meditation, peace practices, the U.S. Peace Department, promised in the 2003 presidential election campaign, campaign finance reform – all offering no hope, no way out. The previous investment trap has become the American way, approved by the wisdom of majority. If you have hope, you might be un American – and you might have a future.
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