No wmds have been discovered. That does not mean that the perception of a real and growing threat was wrong. Regardless, compare the cooperation that Qadaffi is giving with Saddam’s behavior. I never said that was the main issue with me so take it up with those that did.
Second, the US has been welcomed as a liberator all over Iraq, just not in the Sunni triangle but you knew this right? So 10% of the territory of Iraq is causing problems and that is supposed to mean that we were wrong in our assessments. Not entirely right but all plans are adjusted believe it or not. Perhaps even in your own life Muzhaman, you may occasionally well decide that something in your life needs to be changed. Should we therefore sue you for inconsistency? Look at the overall direction not the day to day fluctuations.
To date, since the start of the war and including all accidents and suicides, the US has lost 550 people in Iraq. How exactly is this a disaster? Compare that with the number of police and firemen’s deaths in say California during the same time and the number is not so shocking. Again, this is not to discount any life etc. nor to say Iraqi life is worth less than American life so spare me the shrill outrage in this area. But by any standards that would be a complete and utter fucking success.
We have spent US$60 billion this year. We raised US$20 billion from other countries. We have nearly 50 countries involved in helping us out. The only major exceptions are Germany, France and Turkey and the latter wanted to help but the Iraqis did not want it. So what exactly went wrong here? Go back and reread the Neocon manifesto published in the Atlantic and other magazines prior to the war. They all claimed that this would be a long term effort similar to South Korea, Germany and Japan, and would cost US$100 billion the first year, but it has been much cheaper. Now perhaps YOUR impressions are different because you have been reading only the mainstream media. Now how can this administration be blamed for the impressions that the media is giving? Look at how much the media has gotten wrong? I do not hear you screaming for the media’s head do I? So the US got the wmds wrong when every intelligence agency in the world believed that Saddam had such weapons. So 10 percent of the population did not welcome us with palm fronds? So what? But the media has been like 80 percent wrong and you give them pass after pass after pass. Why is that?
The IAEA has been wrong about weapons development in North Korea, Pakistan, Iran and Libya but they get pass after pass after pass.
The UN has been unable to deal with such conflicts or prevent such dictators from developing weapons or murdering millions in Rwanda, Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia, Kurdistan, etc etc. but they get pass after pass after pass from you.
Essentially I hear that the US was wrong about one thing and partially wrong about another but crucify the administration because we were wrong wrong wrong 1.2 times? Get a grip.