In President Obama’s address to the nation on Tuesday night, he offered little in the way of anything different from the interventionist foreign policy. I am still hesitant to believe that troops in Iraq will be begin withdraw at the beginning of next year.
It is doubtless that talking heads and neoconservatives will see this as a vindication and justification for the invasion of Iraq and the rebuild that followed. But on the same token, however, neocons like big government John McCain (R) Arizona will denounce any set date for withdraw, and will claim that withdraw will need to be “condition based”.
John McCain has called this a “historic moment”. But can the same be said of George Bush, while at the height of his glory, standing on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln with the banner proudly displaying “Mission Accomplished” announcing “major combat operations” had ended. As we all know, they did not.
As most Americans can freely admit, Iraq, from the beginning, was, is, and will continue to be one of the biggest foreign policy blunders in the history of our nation. Consider for a moment:
- Despite insistence from his intelligence agencies to the contrary, George Bush constantly tried to make the Saddam Hussein/al-Qaeda connection. He would later admit that there was none.
- More that 4,500 soldiers lost their lives and more than 30,000 have been wounded.
- More than 100,000 Iraqis have lost their lives.
- The inevitable cost of Iraq will rise above $1 trillion.
- Attacks for three years after invasion went up sevenfold by Jihadists.
Now excluding attacks on our men in Iraq and Afghanistan, the amount of attacks increased by one-third around the world. The un-Constitutional, unprovoked invasion of Iraq did nothing to stem terrorism, if anything, if encouraged it. As stated before, there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq before September 11, 2001. They went there because we are there.
The promise to the American people that the invasion, liberation, and capture of Saddam Hussein would create some sort of “trickle-down theory” for democracies in the Middle East never materialized.
Pentagon official and Project for the New American Century member Paul Wolfowitz told Congress that oil revenues would pay to rebuild Iraq. Pertaining to reconstruction, he said…”could bring between 50 to 100 billion dollars over the course of the next two or three years. We’re dealing with a country that could really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.”
This was the furthest from the truth. Iraq has never paid for itself, nor will it ever. The failed foreign policy has yielded a gigantic black hole of which to throw our money into. No weapons of mass destruction – of which images of mushroom clouds were conveniently placed into the minds of the American people found there were none.
Evidence to support the Bush administrations claims were fabricated and exaggerated to suit the need to mislead the American people. Issues of torture which were conjured up and ordered by the Bush administration permanently tarnished the name of the United States and the flag of which we pledge allegiance to.
George Bush deserves no credit for any kind of “success” in Iraq. In fact, he deserves a swift kick in the ass. He was a bastard of a President and his administration was a cover-up from the beginning to end.
Tuesday night was not a historical moment in our nation. It was an overplayed lie. Freedom and liberty is not brought by the blood, sweat and tears by that of a foreign army, rather, it is forced by the sheer will of the people.
The inability of the new Iraqi government to form some sort of cohesive attitude leaves many of us feeling nervous. In the wake of the topple of Hussein a vacuum has been created only to be filled by the power plays of greedy politicians.
Iraq is no success. True success will come when our troops are brought home and Iraq for the first time since invasion will be forced to stand on its own.