Did Iraq pose a threat to our country that needed to be met with military force?For me, that answer has always been a firm 'F*ck No'! I never supported this debacle. Not one iota. There have been times, though, when it was difficult to have conversations with family and friends, especially since I've had several who have served multiple tours over there (in fact, one close friend is there right now); but something fundamental is changing now with the conversation.
The central question has shifted from woulda, coulda, shoulda to
Who knows what's best for the Iraqi people?The answer to that is simple: the Iraqi people.
Not George W. Bush. Not Dick "Dick" Cheney. Not Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, Stephen Hadley, John Negroponte, John Bolton, or any of the other neo-con minions who have strapped us all into their suicide mission of greed and instability.
I think this is enough of a common sense issue for the pro-war American populace, who are apparently finding no satisfaction in their post-9/11 bloodlust crusade. Consider this portion of the latest New York Times article regarding Iraqi civil war:
As long as the Warmonger Council is forced to debate the Iraqi leadership on what's really going on in the streets of Baghdad, instead of strawmen liberals, Peace will have the winds of change at its back.
An escalation of sectarian killings since the bombing of a Shiite shrine in a city north of Baghdad last month has intensified assertions that the country is in the throes of a civil war. The latest came today from Iraq's former interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, in an interview with the BBC.
Mr. Allawi said there had been a daily average of 50 to 60 people throughout the country being killed, "if not more" in the wake of the shrine attack in Samarra.
"If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is," he said.
But Vice President Dick Cheney, asked about Mr. Allawi's remarks, disagreed and said that American military commanders on the ground in Iraq shared his view.
"I think the assessment that we get from Gen. George Casey, who's our man commanding in Iraq, from Zal Khalilzad, the ambassador, from John Abizaid, who is the general in charge of Central Command, doesn't square with that," Mr. Cheney said in an interview with the CBS News program "Face the Nation."
The past three years have been saturated with incompetence. Think Progress has put together a timeline of events that shows, in detail, the appalling levels of ineptitude that BushCo has provided. The question of whether or not the Iraq Crusade was a good idea is moot now, it has been an utter disaster, now the real debate is beginning at dinner tables and water coolers across the U.S.: who's to blame.