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Friday, June 20, 2014

Reflections On Caution About The First Iraq War

Reflections on an issue of national importance.  

REUTERS/Chris Helgren
As we relive circumstances resultant from George W. Bush's desire to perpetrate war against Saddam Hussein, we are again facing intervention into Iraq. A potential intervention that should only exist as a bad dream the minds of Americas. Yet, it is reality, it is ever-present, and it is a reverse nation killer.  We are about to follow the urging of people who literally love the prospect of war as if eagerly anticipating a Fourth of July fireworks show.  

American jingoists from the Right and accommodating Democrats simply cannot seems to exorcise thirst for war form the US psyche. From wanton slaughter of First Nation Native North-Americans through relishing George W. Bush's Iraq "Mission Accomplished," we seem to seek opportunity for war like the neighborhood kid who is best at the game of marbles. The Dreaded Marble bully!  

The war mongers have no regard for the reality of the Iraq War. In addition to a lose of international decency and GOP war policy that literally helped to rob the middle class of 80% of our wealth, we experienced other more tangible cost that were far to great a sacrifice.  

Business Insider published a piece this morning with glaring delineation of the cost of Bush's war. Once you navigate to the piece via this link, you will notice Insider focused on direct cost of the war. as stated above, the piece doesn't reach into violation international law, the outing of a CIA Agent via Karl Dick Cheney;s stooge Scooter Libby, nor does the piece tell of damage to the US and world economies. Yet, the Insider piece is brilliant in its author's close. After reviewing a long and detailed list, the reader comes to this:

"0: Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction found (though a bunch of chems were discovered)"

As part of our credo to "Never forget the past as guard against reliving it," we think it important to visit with three relevant communication marks in Iraq War History. Critical marks as we contemplate potential for following jingoist back into Iraq.

Chris Matthews, MSNBC, Hardball

.....looking back and lessons learned from one who spoke out. 

Illinois State Senator Barack Obama during the 2002 run-up to the US charge from Afghanistan to Iraq.

.......looking back and lessons learned from one who spoke out.
  Obama's Speech Against The Iraq War    

My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain. I don't oppose all wars.                                                                                       
After Sept. 11, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this administration's pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again. I don't oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne. What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income — to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics. Now let me be clear — I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him. 

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaida. I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars. 

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the president today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's finish the fight with bin Laden and al-Qaida, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings. You want a fight, President Bush?

Let's fight to make sure that the U.N. inspectors can do their work, and that we vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty, and that former enemies and current allies like Russia safeguard and ultimately eliminate their stores of nuclear material, and that nations like Pakistan and India never use the terrible weapons already in their possession, and that the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe. You want a fight, President Bush? 

Let's fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesn't simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil. 

Those are the battles that we need to fight. Those are the battles that we willingly join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance. Corruption and greed. Poverty and despair. The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not — we will not — travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.

As the nation succumbed to Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/ Rice/Tenet and Powell WMD subterfuge, Fox News broadcast a less than 2:00 minute segment with a guest who has come to be a friend of The Progressive Influence and Facebook Friend; Walter FieldsCEO and Executive Editor NorthStar News.

.....looking back and lessons learned from one who spoke out. 

America should be careful about those who long for war.

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