The cost of Iraq War
Without return on cost
By James A. George, American Political System Analyst
The manner in which Americans were manipulated into believing that war with Iraq was a necessity was reminiscent of the manner in which we were manipulated into fighting the Vietnam War. With Vietnam, the war was based on faulty theory and analysis. With Iraq, it was allegedly based on false intelligence, though that is too simple.
George W. Bush and his father’s legacy administration had motive to “finish” what George Herbert Walker Bush didn’t. The Military Industrial Complex was highly motivated to go to war and to make money from it. Vice President Cheney had tremendous conflict of interest, having been CEO of Halliburton and his wife having been on the Board of Directors of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Dig a little deeper and paid journalists will find enormous conflicts of interest permeating the executive branch that provided incentive for this unnecessary war that depleted America’s Middle Class.
The executive branch, populated by Republicans, has escaped prosecution though historians will likely nail them in the end. By that time, they will be in their historical graves while their grandchildren are paying the bills.
Many will have grown up without their soldier parents, and many more will grow up with their disabled parents.
As we seek to right our wrongs, remember in November.
“After more than 8 1/2 years, Iraq war draws to a quiet close
BAGHDAD — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta paid solemn tribute on Thursday to an “independent, free and sovereign Iraq” and declared the official end to the Iraq war, formally wrapping up the U.S. military’s 81 / 2-year mission in the country.
“After a lot of blood spilled by Iraqis and Americans, the mission of an Iraq that could govern and secure itself has become real,” Panetta said at a ceremony at Baghdad ‘s international airport. “To be sure, the cost was high – in blood and treasure for the United States, and for the Iraqi people. Those lives were not lost in vain. ””
Via the Washington Post