Iraq Was Not a Mistake; It Was Something More Malignant

Read the whole post from Meteor Blades at Kos:

After all the trickery and fakery were implemented came the ground and air assault. Followed by the no-bid contracts, the billions in unaccounted for shrink-wrapped Benjamins, the pathetic aircraft carrier spectacle of Bush declaring an end of major combat. Then came Rumsfeld’s ludicrous but aggressively delivered claims to the media that there was no insurgency. Then came the IEDs, and the photos from Abu Ghraib where Rumsfeld had told the new chief there to “Gitmoize” it. And there were the press conferences with Dan Senor claiming everything was just peachy in Baghdad.

A steady stream of lies. No weapons of mass destruction. And a never-ending flow of blood.

Some critics like to call the invasion of Iraq a “mistake,” and a “blunder,” a “folly.” But those terms all suggest mere errors and foolishness. The reality was far more malignant.

The consequences, for Iraq and for America in that war built on lies, hubris and imperialist dreams, were horrific. Thanks to last week’s report from the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, we have a better idea of its costs.

The whole thing is worth your time.

  1. #1 by Cliff Lyon on March 20, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    The only good thing that came out of Iraq is the ability to identify and round up the approx 18% of Americans who continue to insist the invasion was the right thing to do.

    For that reason, I hope their conviction that Obama plans to put them in FEMA detention camps comes to pass.

    What a wonderful world it could be.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on March 20, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Remember the Iraqi Information Minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf (aka “Baghdad Bob”)? His best press conference was when he declared there were no American troops in Baghdad – just as two M-1 Abrams tanks appeared across the river behind him.

    They should have let him keep his job. He was still a better liar than Dan Senor.

  3. #3 by brewski on March 20, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    “round up the approx 18% of Americans”

    Nope, you’re not an Authoritarian.

  4. #4 by cav on March 20, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    Hey, not all paranoia is driven by illusion.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on March 20, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    What’s that old saying?

    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re not being followed.

    i can’t remember if John Lennon found that out before or after he died.

  6. #6 by Larry Bergan on March 22, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    I just finished watching “Democracy Now” and it’s coverage of veteran Tomas Young‘s decision to end his life after being maimed by Bush’s war-of-choice in the same city and day Cindy Sheehan’s son died.

    If you haven’t seem the film about him by Phil Donahue called, “Body of War”, you owe him the time to watch this report.

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