The War In Iraq at Four Years And Counting

March 19, 2007 at 12:46 pm | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, Iran, Iraq, Military, Peace, Republicans, War | 5 Comments

Several other bloggers in the Bloggernacle have written their views on the fourth anniversary, going back to what they wrote four years ago about the war when it first began. I did not have a blog four years ago (the one year anniversary is coming up next month for my blog), but I was very much against this war back then. I just can’t get past the point that Colin Powell said in February 2001 that Iraq was basically contained:

We had a good discussion, the Foreign Minister and I and the President and I, had a good discussion about the nature of the sanctions — the fact that the sanctions exist — not for the purpose of hurting the Iraqi people, but for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein’s ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction. We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking at those sanctions to make sure that they are directed toward that purpose. That purpose is every bit as important now as it was ten years ago when we began it. And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq…

Unfortunately we are not anywhere near the end of this war. This administration, liars from the start, are still not being honest with Americans about this war. Americans, know this, the more you keep this administration in power, the more you vote for these kinds of people, the longer this war will continue. General Petraeus revealed as much, that the surge was going to continue at least through next year. And don’t confuse the point, to make this plan work, American soldiers will be needed in Iraq for a lot longer to come. Think about it, how many soldiers do we still have in the comparably heaven Bosnia and Kosovo? Think also of the soldiers we still have in Germany, even 60 years after World War II. The reason for their position in Germany was to counter the Soviet Union. These bases are slowly being moved further eastward, into Bulgaria and Romania, but their purpose is beyond just pacifying Germany. So it is in Iraq. The purpose for us being in Baghdad is not just to maintain some semblance of order and peace, but also as a strategic positioning vis a vis Iran and the rest of the Middle East. We’re nowhere near close to bringing these soldiers home, not as long as you have people like Bush with anything close to resembling power and influence.

You want peace in the world? There must be a fundamental change in American culture for that to happen, but I fear Americans are past the point of no return.

Finally I recommend these four additional readings on the anniversary of this ugly war:

Voices from Iraq 2007

Iraq at Four Years: The past is indeed prologue

The desire for Freedom resides in every human heart

Four Years Later

Annotated Story of Iraq

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  1. […] , War , Middle East , Politics  (Update: Ronan also has a good Iraq piece over at BCC as does Dan over at the Good Democrat). Russell Arben Fox, has an excellent post over at Times and Seasons about […]

  2. Dan, Colin Powell’s words here are a powerful indictment against this administration for how far they went in deceiving America and the world about the need for this war. Like you, I was not blogging in 2003; however, I was most certainly against the invasion. Let’s hope that the anti-war chorus swells both in intensity and volume.

  3. Colin Powell’s words here are a powerful indictment against this administration for how far they went in deceiving America and the world about the need for this war.

    Unfortunately, Powell was somehow persuaded to made a different case later on in favor of the war. Brings to mind the old “Were you lying then, or are you lying now?” chestnut.

    I’m sure that Powell, now that he’s left the Bush administration, sleeps much better at night.

  4. Mark N. Yes, comments he has publicly stated he wished he had never made. It was the worse speech of his life, if I recall correctly.

  5. Don’t miss Blogger Guy Murray on the Iraq war in today’s Salt Lake Tribune.


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