Thursday, August 19, 2010

Let's Try To Remember This The Next Time Ideologues Want To Attack The Wrong Country

The final United States combat brigade crossed the Iraqi border and entered Kuwait yesterday, seven and one-half years after the American military entered Iraq in order to . . . well, no one has quite figured that out.

More than 4,000 American soldiers died in the "combat" phase of the misadventure; there is no telling how many Iraqis died. Countless people were maimed, innumerable lives shattered, American morality and prestige diminished, hundreds of billions of dollars squandered, the American military abused.

A misguided invasion, followed by a botched occupation. A shame, in so many ways.


Jake said...

Since friendly dictators that fire at allied aircraft on peace-keeping patrols and defy repeated UN resolutions against their consistently aggressive behavior are really harmless in the long run... Surely pacifism was the way to go - what's the worst that could have happened?

Infinonymous said...

Was Saddan Hussein friendly? I doubted it, even when the United States was arming his dictatorship.

Our aircraft had no business occupying Iraqi airspace years after we picked sides against the Iraqis with respect to Kuwait.

An American objecting to aggressive behavior demonstrates a striking lack of self-awareness.

Which country has breached more UN resolutions, Iraq or Israel? (The precise numbers hardly matter.)

If we are going to attack every country whose leader is a despot, or whose leader we don't like (which is a tough standard to divine, after our cooperation with the tryants of Uzbekistan), we are likely to run out of soldiers in a matter of months.

Beyond those points, thank you for your comment.

MH said...

Which country has breached more UN resolutions, Iraq or Israel?

Israel, if you are speaking of the General Assembly. But that is not a reasonable standard for anything. If you counted that, you'd have to assume Israel was responsible for 50% of the world's problems.

Infinonymous said...

Agreed: It is not a reasonable standard for determination of which countries deserve to be attacked and subjected to a bungled occupation.

MH said...

Security Council resolutions are different.

Bram Reichbaum said...

Irregardless, I'm a little disturbed by the "The war is over" meme I'm reading hither and yon, verging slightly in the direction of "Mission accomplished". We still have 50,000 troops in what we can all certainly agree is harm's way, and it's not hard at all to imagine chaotic events that will beg for an American response.

Not to say I'm not happy we're moving forward by attempting to move out and move on.