End Of Combat Missions In Iraq

by Ben Hoffman

After seven years, our war/occupation of Iraq has finally come to an end. There has yet to be a serious investigation into how we were lied into this war (a serious breach of our Constitution) and invaded a country that was of no threat to us (a serious breach of our Constitution).

Over 4,000 Americans were killed during this monumental blunder and combined with our occupation of Afghanistan, over a trillion dollars spent. We have yet to investigate how an attack, carried out by Saudi Arabians and planned in Germany, led to the invasion of Iraq. There is overwhelming evidence of war profiteering, yet the companies and people involved have not been punished and in many cases, are still receiving government contracts.

Without prosecutions, there’s nothing to prevent something like this from happening again. That was one of the long lasting repercussions of President Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon. Had Nixon been prosecuted, subsequent presidents would have been a little more careful to follow the law.

We are (supposed to be) a country where no man is above the law, including presidents. Bush and his cronies need to be prosecuted for the crimes they committed against our country.

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7 Comments to “End Of Combat Missions In Iraq”

  1. Bet you didn’t know that Obama being wrong about the surge in ’07 means we can’t say Bush was wrong about the whole friggin’ war.

    • He wasn’t entirely wrong about the surge. There were other factors that helped in its success. But right-wingers define the surge as the entire war, making the war a success in their eyes. One day they’ll rave about how we liberated the Iraqis and the next day they’ll claim that all Muslims are terrorists. Why did we liberate a bunch of terrorists?

      Just how widespread is the right-wing insanity? We’ll find out in November.

      • Actually Ben, what I expect to see is the following: Iraq hasn’t been able to form a gov’t even 6 months after the last election. Sunnis are getting really really pissed. Iraq may find itself moving toward civil war again. And then, and then we’ll hear it: DEFINITELY BE OBAMA’S FAULT CUZ W DID SUCH A TERRIFIC JOB AND EVERYTHING WAS JUST FINE UNTIL OBAMA CAME.

      • Yep, and if Iraq becomes a successful democracy, it will be Bush’s success.

        Heads: Republicans win, tails: Democrats lose.

  2. I found Tony Blair’s recent remarks about Bush to be quite telling. Blair described Bush’s world view as one of “immense simplicity.” Somehow, the media have managed to portray this as a compliment. Let’s get real. “Immense simplicity” of worldview is exactly how we get ourselves mired in such predicaments.

    • True. In the early days of the wars, I heard a lot of so-called “experts” claiming “it’s not that difficult… you just kill the bad guys.” Well, it’s a little more complicated than that, but if it can’t fit on a bumper sticker, conservatives can’t support it.

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