Finger pointing doesn’t bring back Iraq’s dead

October 15, 2014

Last night The New York Times released an astounding report detailing the U.S. military’s discovery and subsequent cover-up of secret caches of chemical weapons in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. 

Almost immediately, partisans on the right took to the Web to vindicate President Bush’s justification for the 2003 invasion, and just as quickly, those on the left rebutted the assertion.

The National Review Online’s Patrick Brennan splits the middle, pointing out, “The existence of these weapons doesn’t affect the debate over the war’s justification either way” as it doesn’t prove that Saddam Hussein was resuming production of weapons of mass destruction, while it does show that he was not complying with the mandate to destroy existing weapons and allow UN inspections.

There can be little debate that Iraq has been in a near-constant state of catastrophe since the invasion. As this Reuters graphic shows, more than 140,000 civilians have been killed since March, 2003, with the recent carnage wrought by the Islamic State driving levels to their highest since the peak of sectarian violence in 2006 and 2007.

At this point, the reality for millions of Iraqis recalls a grim interpretation of the Van Morrison lyric: “It ain’t why, it just is.”



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‘There can be little debate that Iraq has been in a near-constant state of catastrophe since the invasion.’

True – all because the bush/GOP had NO PLAN for the aftermath of their invasion. And since the Republicans had both houses and the Presidency then and many of the GOP reps that enabled the whole Iraq disaster are still in office, the whole thing is squarely on them.

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