"And if the US would pay the money it owes to the UN, this might actually be feasible. "
Oh, please. If the deadbeat UN diplomats and their deadbeat nations would only pay the money they owe to the people of the City of New York, I'd be amazed:http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/WABC_020101_deadbeatdiplomats.html
"I hear that the US have decreed that only US companies will get to rebuild Iraq after the war (let us not even mention oil) - is this a 'just war' or a exercise in propping up the US economy?"
Where the heck did you hear that? I tell you, this war in Iraq and the aid to Iraq which will certainly follow is going to COST the taxpayers of the United States in the long run. As it is, there were no provisions in the U.S. budget to pay for this war, and now Dumbass Dubya is proposing tax breaks for U.S. citizens to boost his own sagging popularity, with nary a thought as to how this war is going to be paid for. As for Iraq "propping up" the U.S. economy… The U.S. spends more money and expends more resources in propping up nations which, btw, continue to collectively owe the United States BILLIONS of dollars in unpaid debts. Debts which the U.S. frequently writes off in exchange for various agreements such as The Tropical Forest Conservation Act (PL-105-214), signed into legislation by President Clinton, which forgave 325 million dollars in debt owed by Brazil, Indonesia, Peru, and the Congo provided they put matching amounts of money into their own forest protection trust funds.
"Nor in any previous US intervention have they succeeded in putting in place subsequently a democratic government. Not in fifty years of 'intervention' in more than thirty countries."
I will absolutely agree with you on that. I quite frankly don't care to see my tax dollars used to feed or clothe or defend people who don't have the incentive or wherewithal to set up and maintain their own democratic governments. Enough is enough, already.