We have been in Iraq for 45 months. Many more Americans have been
killed in Iraq than were killed in the first 45 months of our war in
Vietnam. I was in the U.S. Air Force in 1965, and I remember well when
President Johnson announced a troop surge in Vietnam to hasten victory.
That war went on for another decade, and by the time we finally got out
60,000 Americans had died. God knows we should have gotten out ten years
earlier. “Troop surge” meant serious escalation.
The election is over and Americans have spoken. Enough is enough!
They want the war ended and our troops brought home. But the opposite
likely will occur, with bipartisan support. Up to 50,000 more troops
will be sent. The goal no longer is to win, but simply to secure Baghdad!
So much has been spent with so little to show for it.
Who possibly benefits from escalating chaos in Iraq?
Neoconservatives unabashedly have written about how chaos presents
opportunities for promoting their goals. Certainly Osama bin Laden has
benefited from the turmoil in Iraq, as have the Iranian Shiites who now
are better positioned to take control of southern Iraq.
Yes, Saddam Hussein is dead, and only the Sunnis mourn. The Shiites
and Kurds celebrate his death, as do the Iranians and especially bin
Laden – all enemies of Saddam Hussein. We have performed a tremendous
service for both bin Laden and Ahmadinejad, and it will cost us plenty.
The violent reaction to our complicity in the execution of Saddam
Hussein is yet to come.
Three thousand American military personnel are dead, more than
22,000 are wounded, and tens of thousands will be psychologically
traumatized by their tours of duty in Iraq. Little concern is given to
the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed in this war. We’ve
spent $400 billion so far, with no end in sight.
This is money we don’t have. It is all borrowed from countries like
China, that increasingly succeed in the global economy while we drain
wealth from our citizens through heavy taxation and insidious inflation.
Our manufacturing base is now nearly extinct.