Unintelligence – continued

By Steve Buck

What do I think about Iraq? A huge crisis.

We went into Iraq supposedly because there were al-Qaeda links, when anyone who knew anything about Iraq and its ruling Baath party would have told you that there were none. Now, by destroying Iraq (we drove out the middle class by not letting Baath party members work and by emphasizing Sunni/Shia differences), we have produced a weak government, led by a Shia leader (Maliki) who spent decades in Iran and who is unable to work with the Sunnis.

So the Sunnis are siding with ISIS, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda, and ISIS could very well seize Baghdad.

We have spent $4 trillion, plus 4,000 U.S. Soldiers dead, plus hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers wounded physically and emotionally – and for what?

To create the conditions that opened up Iraq to al-Qaeda.

Bush/Cheney should be put to trial, since their actions, including willfully asking for “intelligence” to justify invasion, have gravely damaged the U.S.

The al-Qaeda threat now will be light years greater than it was before we invaded Iraq.



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Bill Stott June 19, 2014 at 8:38pm

The cost of war. Dwight Eisenhower breaks down while addressing a WWII veterans group in 1952.

The cost of war. Dwight Eisenhower breaks down while addressing a WWII veterans group in 1952.

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  • Charles Merlis June 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    On this web site, over 10 years ago, I advocated for the invasion of Iraq. I am incensed that Cheney and Rumsfeld made me look like such an idiot. I should have known better than to trust them to follow a plan that would have given us a chance for a better outcome. Practically everything they did ensured chaos and destruction and the worst possible outcome. My plan was reasonable; Cheney’s plan was to enrich his corporate friends. My plan was to share the oil fields with the French, English and Russians (and, of course, the Iraqis), not to disband the Iraqi regular army, leaving not only a void in regulating public order but also creating a disaffected group with no income that took the available arms to create their own economic opportunities, not to hire for Billions in cash, private companies (filled with Mercenaries), etc. I apologize.

  • wyllys terry June 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Are we heading to the same scenario in Afghanistan?
    There is lots of historical blame to be laid for the present state of Irag, but Bush and Chaney certainly laid the biggest egg. Too bad there seems to be no accountability.

  • Bill Weber June 18, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Steve is certainly correct in his assessment of the mess we are in in the entire Middle East, but I cannot agree that it can all be laid to Bush and Cheney on Iraq. The American public can be faulted as well for going along with all the rhetoric and “Americanism”. What about our blind devotion to Israel? As the tugboat of humanity, we have failed by not heeding the advice of the true experts on each situation. Where are the George Kennans when we need them? Perhaps a great deal of the Middle east problems can be laid to the British and their creations of boundaries after WWI. And I ramble on in total confusion as to what has happened to the America of the WWII era with real leaders, the likes of which I wonder if we will ever see again!
    Bill Weber

  • Richard Segel June 17, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Steve’s assessment mirrors mine, but he has more credibility. Now, what?

  • Bill Robinson June 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    If another country had had leaders who did what Bush and Cheney did, our government would be trying to get them tried as war criminals. The only positive thing I can derive from Steve Buck’s report is that maybe the enormity of what Bush/Cheney did is more widely recognized than I’d thought. In the news I read, their hijacking of America is rarely alluded to. Sad; though even sadder by far are the facts in Steve’s response.

  • D. Floyd Russell June 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Sadly Steve, your comments are precisely correct. You, I, and many others saw through the smoke and mirrors spread around by the Bush team, all of whom were oblivious of, or willfully avoiding, the religious and social situation in Iraq. Now our feeble and servile press has most of the perps back on the screen commenting again on the situation there. They should all be in jail, not on Morning Joe, etc.. Not very encouraging.