Anonymous asked this question;
Why was the ACT Party the most pro-the invasion of Iraq? Why does it seem that the party feels the need to bend over backward to try and please the Americans? So many people said it was going to be a disaster, and the ACT Party ignored all that and instead championed the idea of invading Iraq. What’s up with that?
ACT is generally pro-American because the US is a great country based on the values of limited government and individual liberty.
In some ways this is a sentimental attachment as even many American patriots would acknowledge that their country has drifted from these values, under both Democratic and Republican administrations.
While ACT was “officially” pro the Iraq War, this was not universally supported and we lost some members over it.
I was not a supporter of the Iraq adventure and acknowledge the influence of libertarian, Jim Peron in shaping my views.
I thought the Afghanistan campaign was legitimate because the Taliban were sheltering forces who had attacked the US.
Iraq, I thought was far more doubtful-even though I believed that Saddam Hussein was well plugged in to the terror network and probably did possess WMDs.
I thought then it it might turn into a quagmire and I thought the US had more pressing threats in Cuba and Venezuela.
I also believed that Iraq was a client state of Russia and China. I saw it as foolish and hypocritical for the US to pretend that Russia and China were friends, while trying to take out their puppet.
I suspect that many ACT members have turned away from the Iraq War, as have many Americans, but I do know that some are still supportive, at least in principle.
Strangely, I personally have actually become slightly more pro the war.
I am torn, because I believe that US should not try to police the world, while acknowledging that only the US has any chance of stopping Russia, China and their Muslim radical puppets.
I am also well aware of the complete communist domination of the anti Iraq War “peace” movement.
So I am still “divided”.
I hope that the “surge” works and that the US can bring the Iraq War to satisfactory conclusion. I hope the US can finish the job, get out and stay out.
There is no real ACT “position” on Iraq these days. ACT’s focus is mainly domestic and is concentrated, understandably on increasing our representation in 2008.
To sum up anon, there never was unanimity in ACT over Iraq and there certainly isn’t now.
Perhaps some other ACT supporters would like to contribute their views?
I am only one member of the party and do not want to misrepresent other supporters views.