The True Cost of Lies and Deception

I couldn’t in good conscience let this tragic milestone pass without notice.

The major news services are reporting that as of today, more members of the US military have died in the Iraq conflict (2978) than people who were killed as a direct result of the September 11, 2001 attacks (2973). Unlike the terrorist attacks of 2001, the death toll in Iraq has no end in sight.

Few people would protest the invasion of Afghanistan which resulted from the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Taliban government of Afghanistan sanctioned and supported these terrorist actions. The primary failure of the US Government in Afghanistan is that the job of eliminating the terrorist leadership remains incomplete to this day.

The reason for this military shortcoming is that US military personnel were prematurely withdrawn from Afghanistan for the build-up to invade Iraq. Please forgive me for restating the obvious, but the invasion of Iraq has been a failure both militarily and politically, and has made a mockery of due process:

– The American people were told from the beginning that Iraq was a part of the so-called “War on Terror”. The truth is, Saddam Hussein would have nothing to do with terrorist groups.

– The American people were told from the beginning that Iraq was an immediate threat, possessing (or close to completing) so-called “weapons of mass destruction”. The truth is, Iraq’s military prowess had been shattered by a decade of economic sanctions and internal mismanagement.

– The American people were told from the beginning that the invasion of Iraq was by a “US led coalition”. The truth is, GW Bush doesn’t have a fraction of the maturity, wisdom, or tact that his own father used to assemble an international coalition to liberate Kuwait in 1990. As a result, the vast majority of troops used to invade Iraq were US, unlike the 30 or so nations involved in the 1990-1991 Gulf war. The result of GW Bush’s arrogance and immaturity is that the US went from being a well-regarded country to one of the most loathed governments in the world over the span of barely two years.

– NO coherent plan for post-war Iraq existed either before or after the US invasion. There never was a plan for winning the peace. Apparently GW Bush and his secretive inner circle were convinced that the Iraqi people would welcome the US with open arms, and quickly organize a peaceful democracy. The truth is, Iraq has a history of thousands of years of internal conflict between various competing tribal and/or religious factions. GW Bush and his inner circle ignored numerous warnings of what would happen when these forces were released from the oppression of a totalitarian regime.

And on and on and on and on. This has been discussed many times, in many different places. Today’s milestone has been inevitable for too many years. How many more must die as a result of the arrogance of so few?

From all of us who dared question the wisdom of invading a country that the US had no direct quarrel with, to all of those who called us “unpatriotic” and raised the specter of more terrorist attacks if the US didn’t invade Iraq:

WE TOLD YOU SO!

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