The U.S. role in the Iraq War (invasion & occupation) has stumbled to its end. The American referee has departed, and the Shia and Sunni are at it once again. The waste of our lives and treasure was essentially for naught.
It is easy to blame the team of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, et al., for their fixation on nonexistent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction:
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sept. 8, 2002: “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”
Vice President Dick Cheney on March 16, 2003: “We believe [Saddam Hussein] has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”
Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, when asked about weapons of mass destruction on March 30, 2003: “We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.”
But then there was Democratic Sen. John Kerry on Jan. 23, 2003: “And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real.”
1,500 years of hatred continues in the Middle East.
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