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(Reuters)   10 years ago today, the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began and answers once and for all the age old question of "What could possibly go wrong?"   (reuters.com) divider line 72
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2013-03-19 08:42:11 AM  
11 votes:
This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.
2013-03-19 08:33:51 AM  
7 votes:
There's just so much that's depressing about this anniversary. The biggest of which - to me - is that we haven't learned anything. All the people who were so utterly confident, mocked those who disagreed and were 100% wrong? Still in positions of power, no accountability, no reflection. All those who nailed it? Still mocked and marginalized. Correlation with reality still has no real weight in or influence in our politics.
2013-03-19 08:56:58 AM  
5 votes:

neversubmit: New evidence: CIA and MI6 were told before invasion that Iraq had no active WMD

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, a German source codenamed Curveball. He admitted to the Guardian in 2011 that all the information he gave to the west was fabricated.


We were aware of the bullshiat fabrication in 2004.  Neoconservatives set up an alternative "intelligence" shop, because normal routes could not be trusted to peddle bullshiat.

The Lie Factory
2004


Indeed, the Bush team at the Pentagon hadn't even been formally installed before Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of Defense, and Douglas J. Feith, undersecretary of Defense for policy, began putting together what would become the vanguard for regime change in Iraq.

Both Wolfowitz and Feith have deep roots in the neoconservative movement. One of the most influential Washington neo- conservatives in the foreign-policy establishment during the Republicans' wilderness years of the 1990s, Wolfowitz has long held that not taking Baghdad in 1991 was a grievous mistake. He and others now prominent in the administration said so repeatedly over the past decade in a slew of letters and policy papers from neoconservative groups like the Project for the New American Century and the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. Feith, a former aide to Richard Perle at the Pentagon in the 1980s and an activist in far-right Zionist circles, held the view that there was no difference between U.S. and Israeli security policy and that the best way to secure both countries' future was to solve the Israeli-Palestinian problem not by serving as a broker, but with the United States as a force for "regime change" in the region.

Called in to help organize the Iraq war-planning team was a longtime Pentagon official, Harold Rhode, a specialist on Islam who speaks Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, and Farsi. Though Feith would not be officially confirmed until July 2001, career military and civilian officials in NESA began to watch his office with concern after Rhode set up shop in Feith's office in early January. Rhode, seen by many veteran staffers as an ideological gadfly, was officially assigned to the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment, an in-house Pentagon think tank headed by fellow neocon Andrew Marshall. Rhode helped Feith lay down the law about the department's new anti-Iraq, and broadly anti-Arab, orientation. In one telling incident, Rhode accosted and harangued a visiting senior Arab diplomat, telling him that there would be no "bartering in the bazaar anymore. You're going to have to sit up and pay attention when we say so."

Rhode refused to be interviewed for this story, saying cryptically, "Those who speak, pay."

According to insiders, Rhode worked with Feith to purge career Defense officials who weren't sufficiently enthusiastic about the muscular anti-Iraq crusade that Wolfowitz and Feith wanted. Rhode appeared to be "pulling people out of nooks and crannies of the Defense Intelligence Agency and other places to replace us with," says a former analyst. "They wanted nothing to do with the professional staff. And they wanted us the fark out of there."

The unofficial, off-site recruitment office for Feith and Rhode was the American Enterprise Institute, a right-wing think tank whose 12th-floor conference room in Washington is named for the dean of neoconservative defense strategists, the late Albert Wohlstetter, an influential RAND analyst and University of Chicago mathematician. Headquartered at AEI is Richard Perle, Wohlstetter's prize protege, the godfather of the AEI-Defense Department nexus of neoconservatives who was chairman of the Pentagon's influential Defense Policy Board. Rhode, along with Michael Rubin, a former AEI staffer who is also now at the Pentagon, was a ubiquitous presence at AEI conferences on Iraq over the past two years, and the two Pentagon officials seemed almost to be serving as stage managers for the AEI events, often sitting in the front row and speaking in stage whispers to panelists and AEI officials. Just after September 11, 2001, Feith and Rhode recruited David Wurmser, the director of Middle East studies for AEI, to serve as a Pentagon consultant.

Wurmser would be the founding participant of the unnamed, secret intelligence unit at the Pentagon, set up in Feith's office, which would be the nucleus of the Defense Department's Iraq disinformation campaign that was established within weeks of the attacks in New York and Washington. While the CIA and other intelligence agencies concentrated on Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda as the culprit in the 9/11 attacks, Wolfowitz and Feith obsessively focused on Iraq. It was a theory that was discredited, even ridiculed, among intelligence professionals. Daniel Benjamin, co-author of The Age of Sacred Terror, was director of counterterrorism at the National Security Council in the late 1990s. "In 1998, we went through every piece of intelligence we could find to see if there was a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq," he says. "We came to the conclusion that our intelligence agencies had it right: There was no noteworthy relationship between Al Qaeda and Iraq. I know that for a fact." Indeed, that was the consensus among virtually all anti-terrorism specialists.

In short, Wurmser, backed by Feith and Rhode, set out to prove what didn't exist.

In an Administration devoted to the notion of "Feith-based intelligence," Wurmser was ideal. For years, he'd been a shrill ideologue, part of the minority crusade during the 1990s that was beating the drums for war against Iraq. Along with Perle and Feith, in 1996 Wurmser and his wife, Meyrav, wrote a provocative strategy paper for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm." It called on Israel to work with Jordan and Turkey to "contain, destabilize and roll back" various states in the region, overthrow Saddam Hussein in Iraq, press Jordan to restore a scion of the Hashemite dynasty to the Iraqi throne, and, above all, launch military assaults against Lebanon and Syria as a "prelude to a redrawing of the map of the Middle East which would threaten Syria's territorial integrity."
MFK
2013-03-19 08:43:54 AM  
5 votes:
solitary: This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.
2013-03-19 12:46:47 PM  
4 votes:

midigod: If you feel shame about your previous support, I'd genuinely like to hear why you supported it at the time.


I'll go.  First, I didn't believe the Iraqi WMDs being a threat story.  I thought it was clear it was being used as a false pretense for invasion--the real purpose of which was an expansion of American interests.  And I suppose it was, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine they'd fark up the post-war aspects as badly as they did.

 
I envisioned us getting in, whacking Hussein, installing a marginally American-friendly dictator and letting him rule with an iron fist as long as we were allowed to call a shot every now and then and set up a few bases out in western Iraq that would grant us increased leverage with some of the other nations in the region.  Reduce the need to move an entire carrier group into the eastern Med or Gulf every time another nation wanted to threaten the flow of oil, raise hell with Israel, etc.

Rather than hunt down and kill or arrest every single member of Hussein's regime and then proceed to outlaw the Baath party, we'd employ many of them with the understanding it could be their neck with a noose around it unless they played ball. 


I thought the administration was lying, but didn't care because they couldn't just say, "We're invading to get a foothold in the Middle East and have opted for Iraq because of its location and the relative ease with which we can justify an attack."  But as I said I never imagined they would not only fail to execute a plan for Iraq in the post-war period like the one I had envisioned, but that they would have absolutely no plan at all--for years.

 
Now, that said, my world views have changed drastically over the past 10 years, and not just due to Iraq or with foreign policy in general.  Socially I was always somewhere in the middle, but I've shifted left on almost everything.  I've always been a late bloomer, and I think uncommonly grow more liberal as I grow older, rather than the opposite.  I feel where I am now is my natural comfort zone; however, born and raised in a super conservative household with almost no exposure to an alternative viewpoint until well into college really stifled that evolution.  It's why I get pissed at people that bash Obama for his 'evolution' on gay marriage.  I'm living proof such a thing is possible on a range of issues, and I have no external motivation for such changes...they just happened as more data became available and I was more willing to take it in.


So there it is.I'm not claiming I know better than anyone else, and I congratulate everyone here who claims they were right all along and knew it.I'll take my lumps for being wrong, and commit the cardinal sin of admitting as much on Fark.
2013-03-19 09:39:51 AM  
3 votes:

DubtodaIll: What I've always wondered was what they hoped to gain by this invasion. And if they actually had a goal did they achieve it?


I recall seeing Kurt Vonnegut on one show (don't remember which one) where he raved about how the suits in office wanted the Iraqi oil.  I suppose it was a factor.

But as to the actual "achievements"...?  The administration at the time believed Iraq would become this "shining beacon, demonstrating a new standard of living in a free democratic society."  But what actually happened?

- America is now the most hated and despised country on the globe.  None of us will live to see that opinion change.  Nor will our children.  Crusades, anyone....?

- Iraq is now more closely aligned with Iran, when previously they kept Iran in check.  The fact that Iran is now running rampant is one consequence we'll be dealing with for a long time.

- Does anyone recall hearing the phrase "our credibility in the region"?  It was used frequently by the Bush administration.  *What* credibility?  It's evident that the mass quantities of outright lies that were cited to justify the invasion did an outstanding job of sustaining that credibility.

- We did have the support of the entire world after 9/11.  That was a prime opportunity that was squandered in the worst possible way.  The Iraq invasion wiped that clean.

- Haliburton and some other corporations made a LOT of money.  But for some reason this war did not stimulate the economy on the homefront as others have in the past.

There are more.  But I'm feeling a bit nauseated for some reason.
2013-03-19 09:17:38 AM  
3 votes:
Before I post anything, I forget. Are we allowed to comment, or are we still waiting for history to judge this boondoggle a waste and Americans complacent for not having the offenders hung, drawn and quartered for lying a nation into war and promoting torture?
2013-03-19 09:17:37 AM  
3 votes:

DamnYankees: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: DamnYankees: about 150K Iraqis (still a staggering number). If you compare to Vietnam, those are small numbers. So that's something.

That 150k number that keeps getting thrown out is a lowball based only on reports in the media. The real number is several times higher.

All I can use is the numbers reported by people I can trust. Also, just like the 150K is an approximation, so are the Vietnam numbers. For the sake of comparison I don't know what else to use.



Based on the work done by British based Opinion Research Business back in 2007 and the subsequent tracking by organizations adding to that research in the time since, I'd argue that number is actually closer to 1.4 million dead (with another 4.5 million injured and 4.2 million refugees). The book Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage is an excellent overview of the efforts by our government to undermine every serious attempt at estimating the true human cost of the invasion and occupation. Regardless, those are number *I* trust. If I take that as a jumping off point, we're talking about 5% of the population of Iraq. Compare that to 2.5% of the population lost in the U.S. Civil War or 3% to 4% of the population of Japan in WWII. So no, I think your premise is deeply flawed.
2013-03-19 08:58:15 AM  
3 votes:
I still can't believe "Freedom Fries" actually happened in the United States Congress.

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2013-03-19 08:51:42 AM  
3 votes:

solitary: This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.


New evidence: CIA and MI6 were told before invasion that Iraq had no active WMD

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, a German source codenamed Curveball. He admitted to the Guardian in 2011 that all the information he gave to the west was fabricated.
2013-03-19 08:38:12 AM  
3 votes:
I think enough time has passed to fully admit that U.S. interests were NOT served in any way.  The whole "wait and see" thing, well we did and.... I still see no advantage for the U.S. having done this.  None whatsoever.  Certainly not anything worth the tremendous price.
2013-03-19 04:37:04 PM  
2 votes:

Shrugging Atlas: At the time, I would have said it was OK because it would have been in our best interests if done well, and frankly was bound to happen anyway (I'll have to explain that further) so we might as well do so under our own terms.


While I think both you and I disagree with what you thought ten years ago, it's not often one gets to have a discussion like this, so thank you.  It's really very interesting.  I would still have disagreed with you about the destabilization's desirability, and even whether it would have escalated had we not gone in full-tilt, but our conversation probably wouldn't have been so civil at that time, and I think that's why it's fascinating to discuss.
MFK
2013-03-19 12:44:15 PM  
2 votes:

DamnYankees: Alphax: We'd been flying air patrols over Iraq for the past 10+ years.  Nothing could move in their air space without US permission.  And now they're a threat that must be attacked before they nuke us?  Not credible.

Once again - congratulations for thinking that in 2003. You were right and I was wrong. I readily admit it.

Now, how is this helpful in figuring out how to prevent this in the future?


for starters, when they start beating the war drums over Iran or North Korea, you demand hard solid evidence and don't shut up until they provide it. If they can't provide it, you do everything you can to stop them.
2013-03-19 12:23:54 PM  
2 votes:

way south: Earl of Chives: Bladel: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: solitary: WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.

I don't think that's 100% true, although I think the majority opposed to the war knew, for whatever their reasons, that the whole thing was a bad idea.

Ok, but the original point stands:  People spoke out at the time.  Not only were they ridiculed, their love of America was called to question.

This is the correct answer. Many people could see this was a horrific mistake from jump street.

Too many of the wrong people, too few of the ones that mattered.
Someone will always disagree with any decision and appear to be right in hindsight. But many of these views developed along partisan lines.   Those who thought they were seeing the evidence decided to go along with the war.

Fact is that wars never go smoothly.  You've got to adapt your goals to a changing situation.
We should be looking at the present situation and sorting out why its falling apart and how to fix it.
Instead we are looking to blame someone, because that's what politics is these days.

We didn't have a long term goal going in and we never developed one throughout a decade of debate.
Its going to end in a miserable pile of failure, but not just because of how it started. Its because of our habitual inability to construct and enforce a strait forward policy on foreign intervention.


Trouble is that if you don't have any real, self-interested reason to go to war to begin with, you will not be able to "develop" one later, unless you count one that consists of lies and propaganda.
Herr Goebbels explained this to us several generations ago - and nothing has changed.
As in Vietnam - there was never any "victory" there for us to "win" in the first place, and no way to "develop" one later that was going to fool anybody.
Sure - you can always convince the Wad that they should go to war, if you can distract them from American Idol and the sex lives of the Kardassians long enough - but history will not be kind, and the money and lives will be lost forever.
2013-03-19 11:02:00 AM  
2 votes:

Tatterdemalian: What you see in this thread is the political victors indulging in a Squealer-style rewriting of history, pretending their politically motivated naysaying was propelled by knowledge Hussein himself didn't have at the time.


You must've been deaf dumb and blind at the time, son, because it was obvious beginning in August of 2002 that the PR machine was pushing us away from Afghanistan and towards Iraq. Embarrassingly transparent machinations, but that's the deal with the emperor's new clothes, they're all transparent and still no one notices.

I supported Afghanistan, and I still think we could have done some good there. Except we shifted all the money and materiel that would have made a difference to a war of convenience that was nothing but a complete and total snowjob. So go have a nice bowl of dicks on me.
2013-03-19 09:56:46 AM  
2 votes:

nekom: There is one thing that I still haven't been able to figure out.  Saddam DID at one time have nerve gas, in fact he used it on the Kurds.  The USA wasn't the ONLY intelligence agency that said that he had them.  So what happened to them?  Obviously they were gone, I think they found some old shells with residue but that's about it.  People said they went to Syria, but with all that's going on there and the fact that they weren't deployed, that's obviously not the case.

So what really happened?  Did Saddam voluntarily get rid of them years ago?  Or did he think they still had them, perhaps his generals just lied to him and said they did?  It's said that near the tail end of WW2, Hitler was commanding imaginary armies, no one wanted to tell him the truth, perhaps that was the case there?  Obviously they are gone, just wondering what led from him having them to him not.


Chemical weapons have a shelf life of 5 years. Bio weapons 3 years. That's why they were making such a big deal out of labs and production facilities. To have an active weapons program, they needed a shiat ton of production because it dies off so quickly. That's how simple chuckleheads like me knew they had nothing before the war started. As an engineer who helps design mass spectrometer systems, if you can't find traces of the bad stuff, it never existed. That's how we know there was nothing to move as mass spec technology measures parts per million. In other words, you can't move that stuff without a trace. When I had this discussion with my teatard brother, he called me an idiot spouting talking points. And I'm at least as conservative as him. The biggest difference being, I have a fully functional bullshiat detector.

We were had - plain and simple. Bush got 100% of every facet of that war wrong and you can't accidentally 100% wrong about anything of that scope and size. Especially with unlimited resources at your disposal. In fact, they found so little that they could not find a single shred of evidence they could overhype to justify the invasion.
2013-03-19 09:43:28 AM  
2 votes:
Where are all the farkers who always used the "Glass. Parking. Lot." gem? Seriously, everybody who posted shiat like that and supported the wars and the assholes who launched them, f*ck you. You have shown you can't be trusted choosing a breakfast cereal.
2013-03-19 09:39:34 AM  
2 votes:
Some of us were on fark way back when, and I remember how openly hostile a lot of Americans were towards Canadians. We'd get the "you only exist because we protected your ass against invasion from the Soviets", and "you're cowards hiding under our coat tails"...
We'd also read how sh*tty our socialist commie government was, how we were communists supporting terrorism by letting 9/11 terrorists cross the border and into your country (a complete f*cking lie that few bothered to correct), how we were traitors and didn't have the balls to stand up to anyone. Out in Alberta we'd read stories how farmers who had known each other for years could no longer drive across the border into Montana and sit in a restaurant without some asshole calling us cowards, throwing food on us or spitting on us and such for not joining the co-alition. And this taking place only a short while after Canada had hosted thousands of stranded Americans when 9/11 shut down the skies over the U.S. Also while Bush and co were ratchecting the trade embargo on beef cattle, and Anne Coulter and Rush Limbaugh said that the United States should invade Canada.

I got to tell you. It changed a lot of us and how we feel about Americans. I haven't been across the border since. Some of you won't care, but it was a sh*tty way to treat your closet allies and neighbours.
2013-03-19 09:27:46 AM  
2 votes:
2013-03-19 09:16:48 AM  
2 votes:
The war payed for itself and peace has swept across the region.  I fail to see the problem here.
2013-03-19 09:16:01 AM  
2 votes:

DubtodaIll: What I've always wondered was what they hoped to gain by this invasion.  And if they actually had a goal did they achieve it?   The best I can figure was to extend our influence in the zone to make sure we were on top of the limited resource of oil.  And that's really not all that bad a thing to do strategerically speaking.  But it's not like we didn't have plenty of influence there already and all that has happened is oil prices have continued to climb.  So really we just spent several trillion dollars to spend more money.  I guess the only way to justify the "Defense" budget is to use it every now and then and this was as good a reason as any.


It was about the neo-cons trying to create the new American Empire.
2013-03-19 09:13:05 AM  
2 votes:
God I was so farking stupid. I won't bullshiat people and say I opposed it at the time.  I'd like to go back in time and cockpunch my 2003 self.
2013-03-19 09:08:40 AM  
2 votes:
Single worst, most destructive policy decision of our time.
2013-03-19 08:57:23 AM  
2 votes:
Nothing has really changed. A terrifying number od Americans still think we should keep playing cop and nanny to the world. If Korea, Vietnam, Gulf war, and Bosnia taught them nothing, why would they learn from Iraq and Afghanistan?
Rome lasted over a thousand years. We won't make it to 300. We will piss away our entire substance, trying to fix and ungrateful and undeserving world of savages.
And I'll be dead, so I don't care.
Hope your grandchildren enjo the scrap heap we are leaving them.
(White Knights of Stupid - flames on!!)
2013-03-19 08:51:07 AM  
2 votes:

Flakeloaf: That is why we did not join you.


Major components of American power were against the war.  Many military leaders to ex US politicians, to industry leaders.

The Russians, Germans, French, and others had problems with it.

It is an incredible demonstration power how, really, a small group of people were able to ram this through and get a buffoon of a president to go with the plan.  The media most certainly have a finger pointed at them, and it isn't just Judith Miller here.
2013-03-19 08:48:03 AM  
2 votes:

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: solitary: WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.

I don't think that's 100% true, although I think the majority opposed to the war knew, for whatever their reasons, that the whole thing was a bad idea.


Ok, but the original point stands:  People spoke out at the time.  Not only were they ridiculed, their love of America was called to question.
2013-03-19 08:46:59 AM  
2 votes:

solitary: This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.


That is why we did not join you. For all of Jean Chretien's flaws, he was the proud owner of some of the largest testicles on the planet, and he had no problem at all telling Blair and Bush to go pound sand all by themselves. I saw an interview with him last week and the journalist suggested it was some huge, moumental step forward for Canadian sovereignty to tell the US that we wouldn't be joining a war on the wrong side. He agreed it was a big deal on the national stage, but correctly pointed out that there really is no other way that decision should've gone.
2013-03-19 08:43:09 AM  
2 votes:
I blame the "liberal" media for the entire thing. They sold everything they are to cheer lead for that war, and they'll do it again with Iran.
2013-03-19 08:59:02 PM  
1 votes:

Mouser: When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, we were not satisfied until we had destroyed the Empire of Japan and demanded its peoples' unconditional surrender under the threat of nuclear genocide.  Our response to the 9/11 attacks should be no less thorough.

10 years on, and the Middle East is in flames, with most of its governments on the brink of collapse and its peoples engaged in bloody internecine warfare.  So far, I'd say we've almost achieved our goal--the destruction of the Arab culture that gave rise to Al Qaeda.


Lol, you cannot be serious.
2013-03-19 05:13:59 PM  
1 votes:

midigod: While I think both you and I disagree with what you thought ten years ago, it's not often one gets to have a discussion like this, so thank you.  It's really very interesting.  I would still have disagreed with you about the destabilization's desirability, and even whether it would have escalated had we not gone in full-tilt, but our conversation probably wouldn't have been so civil at that time, and I think that's why it's fascinating to discuss.


I completely agree, and am more than happy to have the discussion.  I'll admit that while the results of the invasion clearly prove me wrong, I still to a degree cling to the belief my logic behind why I personally thought it might have been for the best if done well was sound.  That logic doesn't at all fit with the Bush Administrations stated goals for the invasion (WMDs / 9/11 and then just the spreading of 'freedoms') and certainly not with their intended goals which appears to have been nothing more than simple war profiteering.

What amazes me most and what I find more reprehensible than their lying to the public was the fact the administration had absolutely no idea whatsoever about what to do once the invasion was complete.  I mean we were fighting on our own time table, and had ample resources available to dedicate to stabilizing the situation as soon as we took over, and they just wasted it.  More than anything I think that symbolizes the complete and total incompetence of the Bush Administration from the top down and their total disregard for the Allied forces involved in the invasion and occupation not to mention the Iraqi people.

Anyway, discussions like this on this topic for me are both liberating and slightly amusing.  It's an interesting reminder how much I've changed in 10 years, and still is a source of wonder for close friends that have known me for far longer.
2013-03-19 04:21:05 PM  
1 votes:
Hey, it put lots of people to work. Lobbyists. Consultants. Doctors. Psychiatrists. Funeral home directors. Military contractors of various kinds.

It's the Republican jobs program. We don't need to fix roads or bridges or build schools over here. We need to blow those things up over there. For freedom.
2013-03-19 02:02:32 PM  
1 votes:

MFK: solitary: This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.


And the very clever folks at the top pointed at the people saying they were lying and replied "See, America? They've already infiltrated! We  have to be ready, or we'll lose our country to people who are secretly working for the terrorists, or just poor misguided souls who are soft on terror!"

/I was about...eleven or so, I want to say? Maybe ten? And I still remember the way it felt like one of my historical novels about Nazi Germany. It was farking  creepy.
//Also, to the headline: ...*twitch*
2013-03-19 01:32:35 PM  
1 votes:

Shrugging Atlas: I envisioned us getting in, whacking Hussein, installing a marginally American-friendly dictator and letting him rule with an iron fist as long as we were allowed to call a shot every now and then and set up a few bases out in western Iraq that would grant us increased leverage with some of the other nations in the region.  Reduce the need to move an entire carrier group into the eastern Med or Gulf every time another nation wanted to threaten the flow of oil, raise hell with Israel, etc.


Thank you for your answer.  If we assume for a moment that everything you thought was true, was in fact absolutely accurate, why would it be okay for the US to do such a thing; destabilize an entire nation and install a puppet (or puppet-like) regime for the sake of exerting possible future force against other nations, simply for economic reasons?
2013-03-19 01:19:41 PM  
1 votes:

thecpt: jso2897: If you are too lazy to read, I am too lazy to write.
Have a nice day.

c'mon.  What I have read and what they choose to teach in schools indicates that the US did it to prevent the spread of communism.  If there is such a simple alternative reason then you can say that one goddamn word and move on, and I'll do the work from there.  No, you wrote that response instead.  Have a nice day, douche.


Like I didn't know I was being trolled in the first place. Take it back to 4chan - you're an amateur.
2013-03-19 01:18:19 PM  
1 votes:
i wish i wasn't right about all of the bush lies...and it doesn't appear to matter, with a democrat murderer in the white house now.

it's all gravy!

murder for fun and profit!
2013-03-19 01:10:15 PM  
1 votes:

thecpt: jso2897: Wasn't.

what was it?

(honestly, I like history but I can't bring myself to read about that era or conflict because of the amount of derp that was flying around)


If you are too lazy to read, I am too lazy to write.
Have a nice day.
2013-03-19 12:49:49 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: Once again - congratulations for thinking that in 2003. You were right and I was wrong. I readily admit it.

Now, how is this helpful in figuring out how to prevent this in the future?


For one, the people who (FINALLY) admitted that the war they wanted might not have been such a brilliant strategy after all can be assessed by their friends and loved ones accordingly. For example, if we're lost on the highway, and a person in the car says, "We should take this exit," I can ask that same person, "What did you think about the Iraq War?" If they say they supported it, I'll probably skip that next exit and keep driving.
2013-03-19 12:35:37 PM  
1 votes:
Donald Rumsfeld  @RumsfeldOffice
10 yrs ago began the long, difficult work of liberating 25 mil Iraqis. All who played a role in history deserve our respect & appreciation.



Go fark yourself.
2013-03-19 12:27:27 PM  
1 votes:
Crazy. Ten years ago, I was in grad school doing a student teaching assignment. I remember seeing a lot of my students downtown protesting the war that day.

And what has changed since? Can we objectively say the US or Iraq is any safer now?
2013-03-19 12:16:13 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: Alphax: DamnYankees: CrazyCracka420: But most of us who were paying attention (Joseph Wilson anyone? anyone?) knew that the march to war was on false pretenses.

Please stop saying this. It' s not true. Whether or not you supported the war has no correlation to have much you were "paying attention".

Why would you claim otherwise?

Where's your evidence for thinking there is any correlation? I was very active in politics in 2003. So was, you know, Bill Clinton and Colin Powell and lots of people who voted for the war.

The reason people supported the war wasn't mostly due to a lack of 'attention', and thinking otherwise is extremely not illumination. It doesn't provide any roadmap for how to prevent it in the future.

MFK: I was paying attention and to me it was so farking OBVIOUS.

Congratulations on being very smart. I was paying attention and to me the opposite was obvious. So, what lesson can we draw from our two anecdotes?


We'd been flying air patrols over Iraq for the past 10+ years.  Nothing could move in their air space without US permission.  And now they're a threat that must be attacked before they nuke us?  Not credible.
MFK
2013-03-19 12:15:22 PM  
1 votes:

CrazyCracka420: DamnYankees:
MFK: I was paying attention and to me it was so farking OBVIOUS.

Congratulations on being very smart. I was paying attention and to me the opposite was obvious. So, what lesson can we draw from our two anecdotes?

That your critical reasoning skills were quite lacking in 2003?


not to be a dick or anything, but really it's this. Your first clue should have been how if someone asked any sort of questions about what the administration was saying, they would be shouted down with "WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA??"

"We have evidence but we can't show it to you" should have been laughed off the stage, but somehow enough people bought into it.
2013-03-19 11:59:17 AM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: CrazyCracka420: But most of us who were paying attention (Joseph Wilson anyone? anyone?) knew that the march to war was on false pretenses.

Please stop saying this. It' s not true. Whether or not you supported the war has no correlation to have much you were "paying attention".


Why would you claim otherwise?
MFK
2013-03-19 11:59:04 AM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: CrazyCracka420: But most of us who were paying attention (Joseph Wilson anyone? anyone?) knew that the march to war was on false pretenses.

Please stop saying this. It' s not true. Whether or not you supported the war has no correlation to have much you were "paying attention".


yes it absolutely did.

I was paying attention and to me it was so farking OBVIOUS. When Colin Powell went to the UN with "drawings" of mobile weapons labs instead of actual evidence, I knew it was bullshiat and so did a LOT of other people. We were not quiet about it either.
2013-03-19 11:43:44 AM  
1 votes:

CrazyCracka420:
So even playing devil's advocate, that Saddam had WMD, it was still a bad decision to go to war.  But most of us who were paying attention (Joseph Wilson anyone? anyone?) knew that the march to war was on false pretenses.  The media did absolutely nothing to help with parsing facts either...they were a White House mouth piece at the time.  And still to this day, are more worried about entertainment than truth.


Well, that much is true, especially regarding North Korea who actually DID develop and test several nuclear weapons. That's one of the less talked about blunders of the Bush administration. He said we would NOT tolerate a nuclear NK. NK tests a nuke. *crickets* That really cheapens our words, doesn't it?
2013-03-19 11:01:08 AM  
1 votes:

solitary: This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.


Joseph Wilson.

Anyone paying attention should have known what was going on at the time...but when have American's ever been "tuned in" to current events or politics?  Look, American Idle is on...
2013-03-19 10:53:27 AM  
1 votes:
Wolfowitz called for Saddam's overthrow during the 1991 Gulf War and advised GWBush, days after September 11, 2001, to seek regime change in Iraq. The Weapons of Mass Destruction ruse was always a lie. The real mission was to take out Saddam. Just because. There are plenty of Wolfowitz and Cheney statements showing their position before Bush went on television to explain his invasion. Nobody I know who watched GWBush explain the invasion and understood the NeoCon background believed for a moment he was telling the truth.

That same NeoCon attitude still guides the GOP today. Lies don't matter. Advancing the mission is more important. That attitude plays well to the low information voter. Then folks like Wolfowitz can admit they were wrong - in that they did not advocate for the correct implementation of the Iraq invasion - they will never admit the invasion was fraud and that they wrote the lies for GWBush to tell the American people.
2013-03-19 10:51:40 AM  
1 votes:
This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

 This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

MFK
2013-03-19 10:46:15 AM  
1 votes:

Tatterdemalian: thecpt: From those posting the 2003 thread, I found this comment which speaks volumes (i didn't want to use the Farker's name):


All I have to say is after 9/11 Bush stated that after Afghanistan, that was not the end. We were fighting a war against terrorism and anyone that sponsored, funded, or participated in that would be handled. He also stated that this would be a long task and that even though most of the nation is for that now, the support would start to taper off. Also why is it that all I see on the news is Anti-war protests? We had a pro-america rally attended by 25,000 people here in Atlanta and a anti-war rally attended by 450 people. The only thing CNN showed was the anti-rally. So you tell me how we can depend on info from the media when they only show one side. There are as many pro-america rallies as anti yet you see none of those on tv...The media is all about what will make controversial news and nothing about fact. 71% of the nation support the war effort yet all you see on tv is the opposite. I don't like war and would love to avoid it. But does anyone else see the comparisons of Saddam and Hitler? Germany opposed military action against Hitler and look what he did to that country? But if Bush didn't call for this war and another 9/11 scenario happened they'd blame him for that too. He'll never win either way.

/NOT SAYING THAT POST PROVED ANYTHING.  I just found it to be extremely interesting and informative.

What you see in this thread is the political victors indulging in a Squealer-style rewriting of history, pretending their politically motivated naysaying was propelled by knowledge Hussein himself didn't have at the time.

/someday PsiChick will be proudly declaring that 9/11 was carried out in response to Dubya's invasion of Iraq
//hopefully there will still be someone left who values little details like "chronological order"


No, dickbag.

There are no "winners" here. We all lost. Some of us lost friends. Others lost relatives. In Iraq, everyone lost somebody and most people lost everything.

Do you think that Iraq is just something trumped up by the librul media to rub in Republican's faces and not an utterly avoidable catastrophe of the highest magnitude?

Go fark yourself.
2013-03-19 10:32:08 AM  
1 votes:

solitary: This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.


THIS THIS THISITY THIS.
2013-03-19 10:21:31 AM  
1 votes:

thecpt: From those posting the 2003 thread, I found this comment which speaks volumes (i didn't want to use the Farker's name):


All I have to say is after 9/11 Bush stated that after Afghanistan, that was not the end. We were fighting a war against terrorism and anyone that sponsored, funded, or participated in that would be handled. He also stated that this would be a long task and that even though most of the nation is for that now, the support would start to taper off. Also why is it that all I see on the news is Anti-war protests? We had a pro-america rally attended by 25,000 people here in Atlanta and a anti-war rally attended by 450 people. The only thing CNN showed was the anti-rally. So you tell me how we can depend on info from the media when they only show one side. There are as many pro-america rallies as anti yet you see none of those on tv...The media is all about what will make controversial news and nothing about fact. 71% of the nation support the war effort yet all you see on tv is the opposite. I don't like war and would love to avoid it. But does anyone else see the comparisons of Saddam and Hitler? Germany opposed military action against Hitler and look what he did to that country? But if Bush didn't call for this war and another 9/11 scenario happened they'd blame him for that too. He'll never win either way.

/NOT SAYING THAT POST PROVED ANYTHING.  I just found it to be extremely interesting and informative.


What you see in this thread is the political victors indulging in a Squealer-style rewriting of history, pretending their politically motivated naysaying was propelled by knowledge Hussein himself didn't have at the time.

/someday PsiChick will be proudly declaring that 9/11 was carried out in response to Dubya's invasion of Iraq
//hopefully there will still be someone left who values little details like "chronological order"
2013-03-19 09:47:58 AM  
1 votes:
Let's go to war! Glass parking lot! Muslims suck!

Oh, we have to actually pay for it?

With tax dollars?

Stop the freeloaders! Stick it to the poor! Taxed Enough Already!
2013-03-19 09:39:59 AM  
1 votes:

Publikwerks: http://www.fark.com/comments/473888/White-House-says-disarmament-of-I r aq-has-begun-President-Bush-to-make-statement-at-1015-PM-EST-link-goes -to-not-much


This proves once and for all Fark wasn't better 10 years ago.
2013-03-19 09:38:40 AM  
1 votes:

Publikwerks: http://www.fark.com/comments/473888/White-House-says-disarmament-of-I r aq-has-begun-President-Bush-to-make-statement-at-1015-PM-EST-link-goes -to-not-much


and from the first 100 or so comments alone, that is farking hilarious and exactly what I was trying to say.  The amount of people who don't take responsibility for their public opinion is staggering, and whether they like it or not their opinion matters.

/was in 8th grade at the time
MFK
2013-03-19 09:32:57 AM  
1 votes:

way south: Earl of Chives: Bladel: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: solitary: WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.

I don't think that's 100% true, although I think the majority opposed to the war knew, for whatever their reasons, that the whole thing was a bad idea.

Ok, but the original point stands:  People spoke out at the time.  Not only were they ridiculed, their love of America was called to question.

This is the correct answer. Many people could see this was a horrific mistake from jump street.

Too many of the wrong people, too few of the ones that mattered.
Someone will always disagree with any decision and appear to be right in hindsight. But many of these views developed along partisan lines.   Those who thought they were seeing the evidence decided to go along with the war.

Fact is that wars never go smoothly.  You've got to adapt your goals to a changing situation.
We should be looking at the present situation and sorting out why its falling apart and how to fix it.
Instead we are looking to blame someone, because that's what politics is these days.

We didn't have a long term goal going in and we never developed one throughout a decade of debate.
Its going to end in a miserable pile of failure, but not just because of how it started. Its because of our habitual inability to construct and enforce a strait forward policy on foreign intervention.


Are you serious? We shouldn't be blaming anyone?? I guess then in a situation where some guy breaks into your house and rapes your wife and kills your kids, you would be "let's just figure out how i'm gonna move forward and not spend any time pointing fingers or squabbling about who raped who", right?
2013-03-19 09:24:42 AM  
1 votes:

I'd just like to say sorry to all of the service members who ended up there because of lies. But thank you - that doesn't make your service less admirable in the slightest.

Sorry to all the Iraqi families torn apart by this. Especially those who aided the Americans and coalition who weren't offered a fast track path to citizenship for themselves and their families after they were put in harms way.

A big F--K YOU to the people who orchestrated this bullsh-t. I hope you realize the blood on your hands Lady Macbeth style.

solitary: This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.


This.

I do wish I could have done more. Don't know what that would have been, though.


Shrugging Atlas: God I was so farking stupid. I won't bullshiat people and say I opposed it at the time.  I'd like to go back in time and cockpunch my 2003 self.


Thanks for admitting it.  That sounds sarcastic, but it isn't.

2013-03-19 09:21:40 AM  
1 votes:
I'll tell you what. The programs that progress a civilization were cut or reduced in order to pay for a war nobody wanted.
2013-03-19 09:21:40 AM  
1 votes:
How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.
2013-03-19 09:20:03 AM  
1 votes:
DubtodaIll: What I've always wondered was what they hoped to gain by this invasion.  And if they actually had a goal did they achieve it?   The best I can figure was to extend our influence in the zone to make sure we were on top of the limited resource of oil.  And that's really not all that bad a thing to do strategerically speaking.  But it's not like we didn't have plenty of influence there already and all that has happened is oil prices have continued to climb.  So really we just spent several trillion dollars to spend more money.  I guess the only way to justify the "Defense" budget is to use it every now and then and this was as good a reason as any.

i think it was along these lines:

"well, boys, what do we do to assure 9 11 cant happen again, and to "drain the swamp of the middle east" of terrorism? how do we modernize the place, we cant touch the sauds and the iranians are our sworn enemies and stronger than iraq. if we can bring one of the major players forward, we can hopefully modernize the whole place and its McDonalds and Starbucks on every corner, peace, prosperity, and lucrative oil contracts as a nice perk. how bout baghdad? they should be the most receptive. they dont like saddam, theyre a relatively secular arab society (in contrast to the sauds), if we can real quick topple saddam in the way that Rummy thinks he can with this new modern invasion concept, it wont cost much, wont take many guys to do, and we can have iraq, the biggest guy in the region, as our best friend in the region.  this will put reform pressure on iran and saudi and make the whole place mroe stable."

i really dont think oil was the driver, although it was certainly going to be a nice kickback / perk.

wolfowitz and his other neocon cronys really believed in leveraging american power "for good" (read: to further American interests); and using it to expand American style power and freedom around the world and to change the region for "everyone's benefit", this follows the neocon ideology (from wiki): "Neoconservatism is a branch ofAmerican conservatism that includes endorsement of political individualism, free markets and the assertive promotion of democracy, and American national interest in international affairs including by military means"

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Further wiki stuff:
During Bush's State of the Union speech of January 2002, he named Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as states that "constitute an axis of evil" and "pose a grave and growing danger". Bush suggested the possibility of preemptive war: "I will not wait on events, while dangers gather. I will not stand by, as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons.

Some major defense and national-security persons have been quite critical of what they believed was neoconservative influence in getting the United States to war with Iraq.
Nebraska Republican U.S. senator Chuck Hagel, who has been critical of the Bush administration's adoption of neoconservative ideology, in his book America: Our Next Chapter wrote:

"So why did we invade Iraq? I believe it was the triumph of the so-called neo-conservative ideology, as well as Bush administration arrogance and incompetence that took America into this war of choice. . . . They obviously made a convincing case to a president with very limited national security and foreign policy experience, who keenly felt the burden of leading the nation in the wake of the deadliest terrorist attack ever on American soil."

Policy analysts noted that the Bush Doctrine as stated in the 2002 NSC document had a strong resemblance to recommendations presented originally in a controversial Defense Planning Guidance draft written during 1992 by Paul Wolfowitz, during the first Bush administration. The Bush Doctrine was greeted with accolades by many neoconservatives. When asked whether he agreed with the Bush Doctrine, Max Boot said he did, and that "I think [Bush is] exactly right to say we can't sit back and wait for the next terrorist strike on Manhattan. We have to go out and stop the terrorists overseas. We have to play the role of the global policeman. . . . But I also argue that we ought to go further. Discussing the significance of the Bush Doctrine, neoconservative writer William Kristol claimed: "The world is a mess. And, I think, it's very much to Bush's credit that he's gotten serious about dealing with it. . . . The danger is not that we're going to do too much. The danger is that we're going to do too little."
----------

The thing is, this, on paper, is not a terrible idea. What was so criminally incompetent was how it was executed. If bush could've been more patient, built the case necessary with the Supranational bodies like the UN and gotten legitimacy and a broader base of support (had an alliance more along the lines of what Baker assembled for his father during the Liberation of Kuwait) and invaded Iraq, even if had been under BS terms as it surely would've been, but with a UN mandate and blue helmets on every street corner in Iraq in large numbers, the insurgency "against the americans" never would've had the legitimacy it had in the eyes of the Iraqis as fighting an oppressor/imperialist/invader.

We would've had other countries helping foot the bill for it, and it would've had a much larger potential for success.

As it was, just letting the US military run it along with Bremer, who completely clusterfarked it, was just a recipe for failure. Noone even appears to have given what happens AFTER the toppling of saddam a second thought.

The breath taking incompetence of the Bush administration in this regard is mind boggling. The accusation of "theyre war criminals" has merit. Certainly a stronger case for that than the evidence which justified the invasion.
MFK
2013-03-19 09:17:58 AM  
1 votes:

Flakeloaf: DamnYankees: \MFK: solitary: This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

Too easy. Do you really think a majority of Americans were knowingly complicit in a lie? Please.

When Colin Powell says he didn't know he wasn't telling the truth to the UNSC (even though he probably should have) there's no way a public who believes what FOX tells them could reasonably be expected to figure it out.


Bullshiat. This is a cop out of the highest order. It was glaringly obvious that the whole debacle was trumped up. Remember the million-strong protests in NYC and elsewhere? Millions of us knew it was lies. If you weren't paying attention at the time, that's not the fault of "the media", that's on you.
2013-03-19 09:05:45 AM  
1 votes:

dukeblue219: I still can't believe "Freedom Fries" actually happened in the United States Congress.


i.imgur.com
2013-03-19 09:01:08 AM  
1 votes:

DubtodaIll: What I've always wondered was what they hoped to gain by this invasion.  And if they actually had a goal did they achieve it?   The best I can figure was to extend our influence in the zone to make sure we were on top of the limited resource of oil.  And that's really not all that bad a thing to do strategerically speaking.  But it's not like we didn't have plenty of influence there already and all that has happened is oil prices have continued to climb.  So really we just spent several trillion dollars to spend more money.  I guess the only way to justify the "Defense" budget is to use it every now and then and this was as good a reason as any.


I think some of them wanted to rewrite the Iraqi constitution after the invasion to make Iraq a right wing paradise, with all of their terrible Randian ideas implemented.  Problem with that, it's illegal, and all the major corporations had no interest in moving to Bagdad.
2013-03-19 08:57:25 AM  
1 votes:
Like rust, the Neocon Jews never sleep.
PNAC:  http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm
War criminals in plain sight:


Elliott AbramsGary BauerWilliam J. BennettJeb Bush

Dick CheneyEliot A. CohenMidge DecterPaula DobrianskySteve Forbes


Aaron FriedbergFrancis FukuyamaFrank GaffneyFred C. Ikle

Donald Kagan
Zalmay KhalilzadI. Lewis LibbyNorman Podhoretz

Dan Quayle
Peter W. RodmanStephen P. RosenHenry S. Rowen

Donald Rumsfeld
Vin WeberGeorge WeigelPaul Wolfowitz
2013-03-19 08:54:29 AM  
1 votes:

thecpt: Bush had a 90% approval rating after declaring war (he has the highest one time approval rating in history)


Sort of. That was immediately after 9/11, though. He DID get a big bounce right at the start of the invasion, but it was more like 75%.

www.hist.umn.edu
2013-03-19 08:52:42 AM  
1 votes:
What I've always wondered was what they hoped to gain by this invasion.  And if they actually had a goal did they achieve it?   The best I can figure was to extend our influence in the zone to make sure we were on top of the limited resource of oil.  And that's really not all that bad a thing to do strategerically speaking.  But it's not like we didn't have plenty of influence there already and all that has happened is oil prices have continued to climb.  So really we just spent several trillion dollars to spend more money.  I guess the only way to justify the "Defense" budget is to use it every now and then and this was as good a reason as any.
2013-03-19 08:52:23 AM  
1 votes:

Bladel: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: solitary: WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.

I don't think that's 100% true, although I think the majority opposed to the war knew, for whatever their reasons, that the whole thing was a bad idea.

Ok, but the original point stands:  People spoke out at the time.  Not only were they ridiculed, their love of America was called to question.


This is the correct answer. Many people could see this was a horrific mistake from jump street.
2013-03-19 08:50:10 AM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: \MFK: solitary: This has nothing to do with hindsight.  WE KNEW AT THE TIME THEY WERE LYING.  Those of us who were paying attention.  Those of you who weren't should be ashamed of yourselves.

Too easy. Do you really think a majority of Americans were knowingly complicit in a lie? Please.


When Colin Powell says he didn't know he wasn't telling the truth to the UNSC (even though he probably should have) there's no way a public who believes what FOX tells them could reasonably be expected to figure it out.
2013-03-19 08:46:01 AM  
1 votes:
1 the people who profit from such things did very well
2 the politicians that get paid to orchestrate such things were paid very well
3 you got entertainment

it was a win win win situation
mission suceeded very well
2013-03-19 08:45:35 AM  
1 votes:

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Neo-conservatives, while a threatened species, are certainly not extinct.


Bears repeating.

Cut from access to power =/= extinct.  They're waiting.
2013-03-19 08:41:41 AM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: about 150K Iraqis (still a staggering number). If you compare to Vietnam, those are small numbers. So that's something.


That 150k number that keeps getting thrown out is a lowball based only on reports in the media. The real number is several times higher.
2013-03-19 08:40:34 AM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: There's just so much that's depressing about this anniversary. The biggest of which - to me - is that we haven't learned anything. All the people who were so utterly confident, mocked those who disagreed and were 100% wrong? Still in positions of power, no accountability, no reflection. All those who nailed it? Still mocked and marginalized. Correlation with reality still has no real weight in or influence in our politics.


Neoconservatives  have been marginalized with the Obama administration.  That is a big change.

Note how we are not invading Iran, for example.
2013-03-19 08:38:59 AM  
1 votes:
It is interesting to point out though that, historically speaking, our wars are getting 'better' - ie less people are dying. Whether its due to a better sense of morality in war, more precision weapons, better health care or something else, in the 10 years since we went into Iraq, we 'only' lost about 4.5K Americans and about 150K Iraqis (still a staggering number). If you compare to Vietnam, those are small numbers. So that's something.
2013-03-19 08:32:02 AM  
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