Well, I agree with you that none of us have the ability to say for certain where the Iraq War will leave us. And I agree that Saddam was worth getting rid of--along with his godawful sons. And I agree with you that mistakes have been made in the prosecution of this war.
If I discovered a rattlesnake in my house, I'd be happy to see it removed. But if the pest control service demolished my house in the process, I'd be a little POd. More than a little.
As you know, having known me for a long time, I've not thought highly of this administration from the get-go. But, as I often remind you because you often forget
, I rallied behind them when we went after the Taliban, who hosted Al Qaeda, who struck us on September 11.
Then, when we shifted our focus from Afghanistan to Iraq, shortly after putting Karzai in Tabul, I said "huh?" It didn't seem wise to me at that time to take on invading and reconstructing another country. I felt we had more immediately malevolent fish to fry.
Then as the run-up to the war progressed, I was increasingly appalled at the politics and the hype. Yes, there was hype on both sides. Unfortunately, the pro-Iraq-War hype overpowered the anit-war hype. Bush and his administration mentioned 9/11 and Saddam in the same breath so often that there are STILL people who think that Iraq orchestrated the attacks on 9/11. Bush declared that the aluminum tubes were suitable only for nuke-making AFTER his own DOE had said no. Bush declared that Saddam had been seeking uranium from Niger AFTER the CIA had told the White House months earlier that there was considerable doubt about that assertion. In fact, the CIA nixed that reference from a speech Bush was to deliver two months before the SOTU--a fact acknowledged by the White House when it acknowledged, finally, that Bush really shouldn't have said those "sixteen words." Just as Bush himself acknowledged in September after the war began that we had no conclusive proof linking Saddam to 9/11.
I know that you view Democrats with considerable suspicion.
As such, you're more sensitive to the politicizing of issues from Democrats than I am. On the flip side, I view this administration with considerable suspicion--as well as the propaganda mill that supports it in burgeoning rightwing media. So, I guess your tendency is to see the Iraq War as a glass half full. I see it as a glass with a broken bottom.
I've said for many years now "I hope I'm wrong." And I've meant it. I hoped I was wrong about the Iraq War being a disaster. I hoped I was wrong about the growing deficit. I hoped I was wrong about any number of things because those things mean that my country and its future generations will be paying a hefty price.
I still hope I'm wrong. But that hope, which all I've had to cling to for the past five years, is fading as even-worse-than-I-suspected scenarios are playing out. I absolutely dread what will happen next. And, yes, I blame this irrational, ideological administration for much of it. (But not you.