While you're at it, read this opinion (from 2003!), "The War on Terrorism is Bogus." Written by a British MP, he asks a sensible question: If the U.S. wanted to find and defeat al Qaeda, why did it invade Iraq? He also makes the conjecture that the U.S. executive branch did not react to rumors of an impending 9/11 because Bush and the Neocons wanted to get America into Iraq in 2000, i.e.,
We cannot allow North Korea, Iran, Iraq or similar states to undermine American leadership, intimidate American allies or threaten the American homeland itself. The blessings of the American peace, purchased at fearful cost and a century of effort, should not be so trivially squandered.We got regime change, and we (not the Neocons) got a lot of dead and wounded soldiers and $3 trillion (that's "T" as in trillion) in debt. Think about it: Nobody wanted to invade Iraq until 9/11. Then we were told that al Qaeda was in Iraq, and Saddam had WMD. Neither were true (though al Qaeda is sure in Iraq now), and now we (not Bush or the Neocons) are stuck.
Remember that Nixon took 5 years to get out of Vietnam. How long will it take us to get out of Iraq, to escape a war that was not necessary? (The MP notes that FDR probably knew about Pearl Harbor, but that case was different -- Americans didn't want to get into WW2, but if we didn't, the Nazis would defeat Britain. There was no such threat from Iraq.)
When they put Bush et al. on trial for deceiving the American people, killing thousands and hundreds of thousands and destroying our economic security, remember to ask yourself: Why didn't we go after al Qaeda? We knew where he was but never carried through because we (rather Bush et al.) wanted to invade Iraq.
I am not sure which topic makes me more depressed, an environment that cannot cope with our waste or politicians who waste our lives. Looking for a connection? Bush et al. wanted Iraq for the oil, and we use plenty of oil for our stuff. See it?
Perfect post for a Monday.