My writings on foreign policy have suffered while I try to help my readers come to grips with this virus thing……but I still read my international news daily……
Our second longest war started with chaos and has done little to change that diagnosis.
We went to Iraq to help the people achieve democracy……that is the government’s story and they are sticking to it.
Actually that is one of the biggest lies….but Hell what’s new?
It all started with a take down of Saddam….then it fell into chaos that lead to the creation and the fight with ISIS….then they were all but defeated and the people started protesting the treatment of the government……and 17 years later Americans are still dying.
Let’s look at those 17 long years…..
Last week saw the seventeenth anniversary of the ill-fated US-led invasion of Iraq that led to the reported deaths of millions of Iraqis, the destruction of much of the country’s infrastructure, and the establishment of an unstable democratic system.
Iraq’s political system has been fraught with instability and has incubated almost two decades of corruption leading to several protest movements and the rise of violent Islamist militant groups, including many Shia militias who operate as part of the state security apparatus.
The Islamic State group was also born out of the sectarianism and violence that has been emblematic of the Iraqi political process since 2003, which has seen a succession of weak governments and a legislature divided along sectarian quotas.
Today’s protest movement – ongoing since October of last year – has aimed to disrupt the cycle of corrupt political appointments, nepotism, and political actors who are beholden to both Iran and the United States.
But what has been learned from this adventure?
One man’s look that originally supported the war…..
“Man’s real treasure is the treasure of his mistakes, piled up stone by stone through thousands of years,” according to Jose Ortega y Gasset, the great Spanish philosopher of the early twentieth century. For to remember the past in all its searing complexity is what separates us from the apes, Ortega goes on. By that logic, the Iraq War, which started seventeen years ago this month, should constitute among the crown jewels of knowledge and insight in American foreign policy circles.
What lessons do I take away from my support of the Iraq War?
But did the government learn from these things?
My thought is NO!
We learned nothing from Vietnam and I feel we have learned nothing from our Iraq misadventure.
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