How do you measure the Iraq War? Bush based it on his lies of “Weapons of Mass Destruction” ready to blow up America by a hedonistic sandbox dictator named Saddam Hussein. Another dozen tyrants around the globe enjoyed more power and weapons. Looking back to 1965, Lyndon Baines Johnson foisted the “Gulf of Tonkin Incident” onto the American people as his rational for killing several million human beings in South Vietnam.
Later, the architect of the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara, who lived into his 90s, wrote his apology, The Fog of War. He admitted his huge mistake. Gee! What an epiphany 40 years later. All that death, destruction and chaos brought about by his ‘whim’ and the Domino Theory!
IRAQ: COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME, LIVES AND HUMANITY
I remember my three years in the U.S. Army—not knowing if I would be killed in Nam. I ran through Fort Benning, Georgia assuming I would meet death before my 25th birthday. Uncle Sam drafted guys off my college floor: sure enough, they suffered horrible deaths—58,300 of them. Visit the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC and you will still see hundreds of parents and friends crying their guts out every day of the year.
Uncle Sam, aka, Johnson, Nixon, Congress and the bankers—lied, lied some more and then, lied all the way to the horizon for ten years. “Peace with honor” my rear end!
The Iraq and Afghanistan wars continue as big, bulging lies, too. If we can’t win a war against countries of sheep herders and camel jockeys in nine years—what’s up doc? Somebody, somewhere in the Pentagon keeps those two wars going and the apathy of the American people allows it. Our compliant ‘volunteer’ Army doesn’t complain or march in the streets. If you look across the USA, 99 percent of Americans could care less about the two wars: not affected one iota!
British writer Simon Jenkins said, “In Iraq, the casus belli was a lie, perpetrated by George Bush and his meek amanuensis, Tony Blair. Saddam Hussein was accused of association with 9/11, and of plotting further attacks with long-range weapons of "mass destruction.” Since this was revealed as untrue, the fallback deployed by apologists for Bush and Blair is that Saddam was a bad man and so toppling him was good.”
While we continue with 50,000 combat troops in Iraq, over 100,000 Iraqis died in the “Shock and Awe” created by Bush. The Iraq government runs on U.S. military hegemony. Corruption and chaos run rampant. Mass illiteracy in the citizens means ‘democracy’ cannot possibly succeed. Some 4,400 U.S. kids died and 30,000 walk around on one leg or fiddle with one hand or stagger blindly or drug themselves into a stupor daily.
Worth it? To the big money men in corporate America, you betcha! To the big power brokers in the U.S. Senate and House, for certain! To bankers making billions for ‘serving’ the war with financial support, keep it going!
To the families that gave up their boys or girls, tough luck! While your pain cannot be comprehended by most, the local news anchors call them ‘heroes’, but for the most part they died in futility—just like Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and now Iraq and Afghanistan. Few Americans care and fewer still pay any attention. It doesn’t affect 99 percent of Americans. So, the wars continue without pause!
“All wars wander from their plan, since all armies are good at landings but bad at breakouts, and dreadful at occupations – known to every military manual long before Iraq,” said Jenkins. “The truth is that this was always to be a headline war, fuelled by a desire to see what Bush celebrated as "mission accomplished" just when a nervous Pentagon was murmuring: "We don't do nation-building." It was a political invasion, not to win a battle or occupy territory but to score a point against Islamist militancy. That it meant toppling one of Asia's few secular regimes was another of its hypocrisies. The overriding lesson of Iraq comes from that dejected goddess, humility. The dropping of thousands of bombs, the loss of 4,000 western troops and the spending of almost a trillion dollars still cannot overcome the AK-47, the roadside explosive device, the suicide bomber, and an aversion to occupation. Nations with different cultures cannot be ruled by seven years of soldiering. Bush and Blair thought otherwise.”
Notice Islamic terrorists train in Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Iran and even in the United States—so what’s the point of staying in Afghanistan to stop terrorists?
Now, we find a non-military man, Barack Obama stuck up to his ears in military mud. The killing and dying will continue and the American people will continue their disinterest and apathy.