Cheney, Wolfowitz, Kristol, McCain, Were Wrong Then and They’re Wrong Now   Leave a comment

June 20, 2014

War For Calculated Political Gain: Here We Go Again

In a blog post back in November 2011, I was reflecting on the stupidity of the “W” Administration, the march to war in Iraq, and the status of public sentiment 8 years on. After 11 years of war, and with the impending collapse of the current Iraqi regime I find it fascinating that the one in charge—not the architect, mind you, but the one in charge—is invisible.  Perhaps it’s better he’s off in Cheneys’ old undisclosed location painting butterflies, portraits, and still life oils. Yet one can’t help but wonder if George W. Bush reads the papers, watches the news, or talks to anyone outside of—as Phil Ochs would sing—”A small circle of friends”. All those lies back in 2002 and 2003. All those dead soldiers. All those wounded soldiers. All those dead Iraqis. All that American money squandered in an attempt to (select one) [a] bring democracy to the middle east, [b] give American oil companies a new source of inventory, [c] show the American voters that the GOP had big cojones, [d] all of the above. It was clear that none of these idiots had read any history of the Middle East in general or Iraq in particular. Yet, they’re all over the news (news?) programs professing to know what they’re talking about. They didn’t know then. They don’t know now. As I said back in 2011,

On a cold winter day, February 15, 2003, less than two weeks after Secretary Powell traveled to the U.N., I chose to join my friend Sue Ryan and 250,000 of my closest friends, and march in Manhattan in solidarity against the idea of war with Iraq. The media barely covered it yet my memories are clear: there were hundreds of thousands of people along the avenues and streets between Fifth Avenue and 1st Avenue, and between 42nd Street and 65th Street. Yet when we watched the reports that evening and the next day, you’d have thought there were a few hundred people wandering aimlessly in that part of Manhattan. (For a bit of video from that cold day, try this link to one marcher’s footage.) I purchased a 2′ x 3′ poster that day clearly showing my political feelings. It featured a likeness of President George W. Bush with the headline “Empty Warhead Found In White House”.

As the right blames Obama for “losing Iraq” it’s time to recall the facts. I’m not going to recite them here. If you’re uncertain, do a little searching of your own. As ISIS marches toward Baghdad even Glenn Beck and John Bolton have come around to say the unthinkable: “Liberals were right.” Beck’s exact quote: “From the beginning, most people on the left were against going into Iraq. I wasn’t…. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have.”

I can’t top that. And the same message holds true today. We should do nothing. Iraq hasn’t changed in the last 11 years. It hasn’t changed, for all intents and purposes, in the last 1000 years. The GOP can use this as, what I call, a George Castanza moment. McCain, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Kristol: Take a bow, declare victory, and leave the stage. Please. Now!

David Steffen

© David Steffen 2014

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