The war in Iraq…George Bush’s misadventure gone so wrong…is coming to an end. The last of our troops will be out of that benighted country by the end of the year. Eight years. Seven months. Two days. The war launched on a thousand lies is done with.
We were told Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. It was a lie.
We were told Saddam Hussein was in league with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. It was a lie.
We were told we were bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East. It was a lie.
Four thousand four hundred and eight seven American lives were lost in Iraq. We in California gave almost five hundred of those lives…one of two states with the heaviest casualties. Tens of thousands of Americans were wounded…lost arms, legs, sustained injuries to their brains…and to their minds. Americans have paid a huge price in blood for George Bush’s lies and mistakes. Americans have paid a huge price in treasure so Halliburton could steal billions from the U.S. Treasury.
And for the R’s, it’s not enough.
From John McCain and Lindsay Graham…both of who should know better…to the loudest shouters on the wing nut right have criticized the President’s withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq. Not enough blood…American and others…has been spilled to slake their thirst for it. Our great success in Libya, at a small fraction of the cost and with not a drop of American blood spilt, does not assuage them. President Obama inherited the huge mess they left him in Iraq…and they accuse him of squandering their “victory”. Of course, by their definition Vietnam was the greatest victory in American history.
Only the R’s, it seems, want this war to go on longer.
By Christmas the only U.S. troops left in Iraq will be the Marine guard at the Embassy. And that will be it, finally. With any luck, at all, the U.S. will have learned its lesson. And never again will U.S. troops be committed to such a misadventure. We know now that, from nearly the first days of his administration, George Bush was determined to invade Iraq. The attacks of 9/11 gave him the excuse he needed. And too few of us asked too few questions. We allowed our patriotism to be questioned if we called his excuses into question. And we acquiesced too readily to the lies we were told.
That must never happen again. And such a war must never be launched again. Or the ghosts of the thousands of lives squandered in Iraq will rise up to say No!