Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Iraq in shambles: The tragic legacy of Bush, Cheney and the Neo-cons

Whomever follows Bush/Cheney, may it be Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, will spend years cleaning up the mess they left. I don't envy the job they will have at hand.  Barbara Harvey Summer of 2008.

Dear Mom got it right!

Sectarian violence is decimating what little stability Iraq has been feebly propping up since the American invasion in 2003. The Iraq society is on the brink of total chaos.

How did this all start

You may recall, the neo-cons (or chicken hawks not willing to fight but always willing to send someone else's child to war), fueled by Americans scared by 9/11, eagerly lobbied Bush/Cheney to preemptively invade Iraq.

The Bush Doctrine rationale: Saddam Hussein had WMD (never mind that at one time we helped Saddam obtain WMD); and since 9/11 changed everything -- W's words -- we were not safe, so we must topple Saddam's regime.

About the American purchased weapons, here's a Daily Mail archive report from 2003:

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped Saddam Hussein build up his arsenal of deadly chemical and biological weapons, it was revealed last night. 
As an envoy from President Reagan 19 years ago, he had a secret meeting with the Iraqi dictator and arranged enormous military assistance for his war with Iran.

The CIA had already warned that Iraq was using chemical weapons almost daily. But Mr Rumsfeld, at the time a successful executive in the pharmaceutical industry, still made it possible for Saddam to buy supplies from American firms. 
They included viruses such as anthrax and bubonic plague, according to the Washington Post. The extraordinary details have come to light because thousands of State Department documents dealing with the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war have just been declassified and released under the Freedom of Information Act.  source

And for added measure, W accused Saddam of ties with Al Qaeda. Thus -- abracadabra -- Saddam, with the help of the Conservative Entertainment Complex, replaced Bin Laden as enemy numero uno.

Then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld promised a quick strike shock and awe war. The neo-cons pledged that we would be greeted as liberators. After the initial attack, aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham, President Bush declared: Mission Accomplished.

12 Years of Iraq War

Incredulously, the same neo-cons, back in the media, are trying to re-con (pun fully intended) America into another Iraq invasion. And who can better to retort than Jon Stewart?

Jon Stewart examined the current crisis in Iraq through a historical lens to ask an important question: why does the media keep giving airtime to all these politicians and pundits who were ‘wrong about the whole fucking thing” years ago?

Stewart singled out Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain in particular, the latter earning Stewart’s honor as “one of the wrongest.”

Stewart mocked the “freedom rave” Republicans and people in the Bush administration were celebrating years ago about Iraq, but luckily, he said, after being wrong for so long, “those idiots were ostracized, never heard from again.”

Stewart marveled at how many media appearances McCain’s made; so much so, “you’d think he just won Dancing with the Stars.” But Stewart credited McCain with one thing: at least he’s consistent in his desire to get involved in basically every country you can think of.  source

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