But I can summarize it pretty quick: I am furious. I am furious for two major reasons:
1. We were lied to. Ruthlessly, constantly, shamelessly, and by people who before the war I still thought were better than that. Like Colin Powell, who turned out to be just another slimy bagman for the PNAC. Maybe I didn't like Bush, and maybe I didn't like most of the people in that administration, but I was still unwilling to beleive that they would all just cook up this crock of shit to get what they wanted.
It has turned out that that's exactly what they did do, and when they're all taking turns sucking Hitler's cock in hell, I will laugh and cheer and hope that's the best thing that eternity has in store for them.
2. The war and occupation have been prosecuted in just about the most incompetent way they possibly could have been, and not only has no one been held accountable for the utter waste of life and treasure, those responsible have been praised and promoted. I always said that I believed winning the war, in the traditional sense of simply toppling Sddam, would be by far the easiest part, and so it was. But it's dumbfounding that apparently none of the shitheads in charge ever considered that very point. The war was "won" with the bare minimum of troops necessary to win it, and since then (that is, since about 90 days into this quagmire) not one goddamn thing has been done right.
Don Rumsfeld had a big hard-on to prove that the United States of America could fight and win conflicts, more or less by ourselves, with drastically reduced forces and equipment. And by God, he proved that alright. But he also proved that once combat was over, his plan was to call in the Tooth Fairy and Chuck E. Cheese to handle the occupation.
Between March 21st, 2003 and May 1st 2003 we had 173 dead US and UK soldiers. Ok, it's combat. For toppling a government, that's not so bad.
Since May 1st, 2003 we've had 1656 dead coalition soldiers. Those I charge to Rummy's account. 173 dead in combat followed by almost an order of magnitude more for an occupation that has dragged on for over two more years? An occupation that still has produced only the faintest glimmer of a working government? An occupation that still, after two years, can't even get the power back on? That's a colossal fuckup.
Honestly, being lied to sucks but I understand, from a pragmatic point of view, that sometimes it's impossible for the government to really tell us the truth. Whether this was one of those times I doubt, but whatever. I think I'm actually more angry that this was done so incompetently. If you're going to lie us into an unnecessary war for whatever jingoistic/economic reason, at the very least is it too much to ask that you don't make the US military look like a bunch of Keystone Kop assclowns doing it? If some lazy punk kid sitting around in front of his computer on some godforsaken island in Maine can say "Gee whiz, it sure looks like the occupation and reconstruction will really be the hard part here," is it too much to ask that somone in the hallowed halls of power could have thought of that?
Deceit I can understand. Maybe I can't forgive it, but it's a viable strategy to get what you want. And not all of the results of this mess have been negative. In theory, an Iraq without Saddam's goons in charge would be a better place, if someone was in charge. If it weren't for this war, would there be elections in Egypt? Would the whole Lebanon thing have happened? Maybe, maybe not. Much as it galls me to ever agree with that sniggering monkey in the White House, a functioning democratic Iraq would be a good thing.
But the kind of incompetence that costs thousands of lives is unforgivable, no matter what the motivations (which, let's be honest, were not the least bit pure anyway) or the results. The Bush gang could cure cancer and AIDS and give every American a million dollars and a pony and I'd still think they were some of the worst people this nation has ever produced, and some of the most shameful examples of all that is sick and evil in our national character.
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