You're conveniently putting words in my mouth, and not coincidentally, ones that work against me. I never said that I "accept" or "condone" the deaths of innocent non-combatants in war. What I did suggest is that I accept *the reality* that death or harm to innocent non-combatants is virtually unavoidable if any war is to be waged with any reasonable expectation of effectiveness or success. War is inherently "dirty" and "ugly"... but very unfortunately, sometimes necessary.<quoted text>So now it appears that the killing of innocent women and children is acceptable for conservatives, as long as it fits into the political agenda of the right. Interesting how it now becomes justified as a true choice by government, who by virtue of your position has the only legal authority to kill them. And while we're at it, let's include the old, the sick, and anyone else who happens to be in your way.
It's rather funny how you talk about “ill conceived plans” while at the same time condoning the killing of innocent people in place we chose to invade. I'm glad you're happy to be alive. Too bad we don't give others the same choice (gee, that sure sounds like Nazis with Jews, doesn't it?) It's also funny how you feel non-conservatives need to get their way. Sure seems to me that's exactly what you're complaining about....not getting what you want. If you think I'm unhappy, fine. But if I were you I'd quit your whining because it's sending conflicting messages about you (well, maybe not so conflicting.)
I think this highlights a core difference between Conservatives and Liberals, and one which is used unfairly by the latter to attack the former. Specifically - Liberals like to spout platitudes along the lines of "Make love, not war!", or "Feed the hungry!" In a perfect world, Conservatives would like those things too... BUT they realize and accept that this is NOT a perfect world. Therefore, there are times when "necessary evils," for lack of a better term, are unfortunately called for. It is not about what we *want*. It's about what is *necessary*. Yet this is unfairly painted by the Left as somehow being an endorsement or preference by the Right for those "necessary evils."
One wages war, therefore they "hate peace and love war!" One realizes that it's not possible, nor always desirable, to feed all of the hungry (e.g., "teach a man to fish.."), therefore they "don't care for the hungry," or "have no compassion." Wrong, and unfair.
Liberals believe that a perfect world can be achieved, and furthermore that everything is "black or white," "all or nothing." They fail to see the real-world implications of their actions, and their unintended consequences. That type of idealistic thinking may be sincere in intention, but impractical in reality. And reality is unfortunately what we must deal with, in all of its shades.