Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Grief of Bagdad

It's been ten years since it all hit the fan in Iraq.  I just read that the whole thing cost about 1.7 trillion bucks, and that probably doesn't include welfare checks for Iraqi refugees. Worth it?  I just heard the amusing bozos on "The Five," (okay, Gutfeld isn't exactly a bozo, but Beckel is enough bozo for both of them.), and a lot was said about what a great idea invading the place was.  Didn't seem like $1,700,000,000,000.00 worth, but what do I know.  The way I see it now is the way I saw it then.  For Iraq, a Ba'athist bastard like Hussein is probably the best leader they could hope for.  He was tough enough to keep the Iranians at bay, and to keep his own mullahs from pushing everybody around.  And if Bush I had told him to keep his nose out of Kuwait, he probably would have.  Trouble is, our Israeli "allies" (when they're not spying on us or trying to sink our ships) were afraid of him, as they're afraid of any Arab power that is organized enough to deliver mail and repair potholes, so in our capacity as their unconditional-love supporter, we had to wreck the place for them.  The first time we didn't wreck it enough, so Bush Minor finished the job.  But don't take my word for it that it was stupid, wasteful, and self-destructive.  Read what Pat Buchanan says:

Was Iraq Worth It?

Ten years ago today, U.S. air, sea and land forces attacked Iraq. And the great goals of Operation Iraqi Freedom?

Destroy the chemical and biological weapons Saddam Hussein had amassed to use on us or transfer to al-Qaida for use against the U.S. homeland.

Exact retribution for Saddam’s complicity in 9/11 after we learned his agents had met secretly in Prague with Mohamed Atta.

Create a flourishing democracy in Baghdad that would serve as a catalyst for a miraculous transformation of the Middle East from a land of despots into a region of democracies that looked West.

Not all agreed on the wisdom of this war. Gen. Bill Odom, former director of the National Security Agency, thought George W. Bush & Co. had lost their minds: “The Iraq War may turn out to be the greatest strategic disaster in American history.”
“Iraq made a major contribution to the bankrupting of America.”

Yet, a few weeks of “shock and awe,” and U.S. forces had taken Baghdad and dethroned Saddam, who had fled but was soon found in a rat hole and prosecuted and hanged, as were his associates, “the deck of cards,” some of whom met the same fate.

And so, ‘twas a famous victory. Mission accomplished!
(Or was it?  Heh!  Read the rest HERE.)

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