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IRAQ: America’s worst foreign policy mistake

Letter by Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom on Dec. 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm | 67 Comments »
December 22, 2011 3:09 pm

Re: “Wave of bombings across Iraqi capital kills 69″ (TNT, 12-22).

The day after the U.S. declares a formal end to the war in Iraq, the president of the sham democracy we imposed arrests his vice president. Now scores have died in waves of bombings. Sunnis, teamed up with Kurds, resume their civil war against Iranian-backed Shi’as.

Which side will we arm and finance now?

We based our imperial invasion of Iraq on fictionalized intelligence and blatant lies told by our president, vice president and secretary of state. The war bankrupted our treasury, exhausted our military, killed hundreds of thousands and empowered Iran. We won nothing.

Furthermore, Bush’s invasion was a war crime according to our own military tribunals at Nuremberg, who declared a non-defensive war “the supreme international crime.” Iraq did not attack us, had no WMD and was no threat. In fact, Iraq was a buffer against Iranian power – precisely why the Reagan and Daddy Bush administrations armed Saddam Hussein as a U.S. ally in his war against Iran.

The Iraq war was the worst mistake in the history of American foreign policy. What is particularly odious is that the warmongers now try to blame the failure of our dim-witted imperial scheme on President Obama.

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