It is no secret that the Bush administration is in deep trouble over the war in Iraq. Now, the administration is downplaying the benchmarks set for the Iraqi government, set in place to show progress of the war. Be careful of what you wish for. Now, the whole benchmark theory is coming back to haunt the White House, and the miserable failure who would be king.
In a recent newsletter, I was directed to Copywriter’s Library. As a freelance writer, I of course clicked over to see what was up. I was given the treat of being able to read at no cost the classic The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles. Written in 1910, it is as significant today as it was then. I quote from Mr. Wattles classic book:
“It is wrong to apply your will to other men and women in order to get them to do what you wish done.
It is as flagrantly wrong to coerce people by mental power as it is to coerce them by physical power. If compelling people by physical force to do things for you reduces them to slavery, compelling them by mental means accomplishes exactly the same thing; the only difference is in methods. If taking things from people by physical force is robbery, them taking things by mental force is robbery also. There is no difference in principle.
You have no right to use your will power upon another person, even “for his own good,” for you do not know what is for his good. The science of getting rich does not require you to apply power or force to any other person, in any way whatsoever. There is not the slightest necessity for doing so. Indeed, any attempt to use your will upon others will only tend to defeat your purpose.
You do not need to apply your will to things in order to compel them to come to you. That would simply be trying to coerce God and would be foolish and useless.
You do not have to try to compel God to give you good things, any more than you have to use your will power to make the sun rise.
You do not have to use your will power to conquer an unfriendly Deity, or to make stubborn and rebellious forces do your bidding. Substance is friendly to you, and is more anxious to give you what you want than you are to get it.”
Asserting the American ideals on a country that could care less is not my idea of a fine time. As a Viet vet, I had the same bitch in the way that war was handled. It was for a lot of the same reasons this huge Iraq debacle is where it is at – asserting the American will on another country, thus enslaving them.
Rumors abounded during the Viet Nam war that it was being fought for control of the Golden Triangle. Truth of that and the involvement of Air America will probably never be brought to light, but for many Viet vets, the rumors have great significance.
We see the same thing in Iraq. Why the hell don’t we just come out and say we want control over the oil fields and be done with it? The Everyday Citizen really wants to know…