(ht Blue Ohioan)
David Michael Green has a powerful compilation of facts on the Iraq War that will make anyone but the most staunch wingnut regret our current war. Most of us who have been against the war from the start will know this list. Nothing much new here, but it is good to see it all in one place. A couple of my favorites:
The senior Bush had a chance after that war to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam. He chose not to because, in his own words and those of his National Security Advisor, Brent Scowcroft, ?Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq ? would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. ? We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. ?furthermore, we had been self?consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post?cold war world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.?s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different – and perhaps barren – outcome.?
Good call Brent!
While many can imagine political leaders making mistakes, most Americans find it inconceivable that an American president could actually put personal or political interests ahead of the national interest or the welfare of the troops, especially on so grave an issue as war and peace.
But such individuals would do well to remember that there is a long history of this sort of behavior, and that it is an unfortunate part of human nature. The Europeans used to have an expression for this, which was all too well earned from their own experiences. They noted that ?War is the sport of kings?.
It’s tough to find much right-wing blogger commentary on the Iraq War these days. Why do you think that is?