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Ten bloody and grueling years later, Iraq is finally emerging from its ruins and establishing itself as a geopolitical player in the Middle East — but not the way the neocons envisioned.
Though technically a democracy, Iraq’s floundering government has degenerated into a tottering quasi-dictatorship. The costs of the war (more than $800 billion) and reconstruction (more than $50 billion) have been staggeringly high. And while Iraq is finally producing oil at pre-war levels, it is trying its best to drive oil prices as high as possible.
Most disturbing to many American foreign policy experts, however, is Iraq’s extremely close relationship with Iran. Today, the country that was formerly Iran’s deadliest rival is its strongest ally.
In other words, the Neo Cons were not just wrong but absolutely 100% wrong, their predictions turned out exactly 180 degrees from what actually happened.
Predicting what’s next in Iraq is next to impossible. In virtually no scenario, however, do things turn out how the neocons intended.
“Whatever [the war] was about, which was never entirely explained, it hasn’t worked out terribly well,” said Freeman, “and in fact Iraq continues to evolve in ways that are, if not fatal to American interests, certainly negative.”
At this point, I’m even more certain the Iraq war was not worth what it cost. It was a colossal waste of time, resources, lives – an exercise in imperial vanity and posturing that was so destructive in every imaginable way, more costly, more ruinous than anyone predicted.
We need a national truth and reconciliation commission. We need it now.
Not hardly. In 2003, the CIA staked its reputation on the claim that Iraq possessed usable weapons of mass destruction (WMD – the catch-all term meant to imply nuclear armaments). In reality, they knew for a fact no such weapons existed. Former President Bush then ordered an illegal invasion of a country that had not attacked us and posed no threat. More than a million people died.
“[T]he agency, fearful above all else of dismemberment by politicians outraged by its appalling track record, has lied with pathological consistency to Presidents and Congresses,” wrote Spencer Ackerman last June.
What, then, to make of the current media obsession about whether or not the CIA lied to Rep. Nancy Pelosi in a September 2002 briefing? The question ought to answer itself.
Just when it seemed to many that the right had lost its mojo, give conservatives credit: They’re still enormously good at ginning up controversies and controlling the news cycle. Thus a story that was once about the Bush administration’s decision to authorize barbaric and illegal acts of torture has successfully been morphed into a to-do about Nancy Pelosi’s account of CIA briefings.
As political gamesmanship, it’s been masterful. I particularly like the way the right has managed to trot out an endless procession of figures willing to express outrage that anyone would ever hint that the CIA might mislead a member of Congress.
…Obviously, I wasn’t in the room with Pelosi and whoever briefed her, but anyone with any recollection of history should be aware that it would hardly be unusual for the country’s marquee intelligence agency to do something like that. Indeed, deception of Congress has been a common occurrence in the agency’s history, and one former director, Richard Helms, was even convicted of lying to Congress.
The CIA has zero credibility. In fact, there’s no reason to maintain an expensive intelligence agency that can’t be believed. The U.S. government has 17 other intelligence agencies that do a better job than the CIA.
Oh, and the CIA is guilty of torturing detainees in order to coerce false information linking Iraq to the 9/11 attacks. Some were tortured to death.
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Cheney has gone rogue. Mark my words. For Christ sake, he just indicted Bush on torture.
Cheney has replaced Sarah Palin as Rogue Diva. Just as Jeb Bush and other Republicans are trying to get kinder and gentler, Cheney has popped out of his dungeon, scary organ music blaring, to carry on his nasty campaign of fear and loathing.
The man who never talked is now the man who won’t shut up. — Read on.
Here’s the evidence:
More Americans have been murdered by terrorists and continue to die under Dick Cheney’s watch than any other administration in history.