Not just three trillion dollars spent – in fact, I suspect the figure is more than four times that – but three trillion lies!
Today, as we mark that dark mid-March day in 2003 when President Bush, complete with a raised fist pumping air like he was about to go into the final playoffs to give “‘em one more for the Gipper…” gesture and dispatched the first soldiers off to war, the cold, harsh light of day makes it a heluva lot easier to see all the lies.
After all, it was not just one single lie that Bush used to get us into Iraq but a multitude of them, including:
- weapons of mass destruction everywhere>
- doctored intelligence reports that led to the outing of CIA covert operative, Valerie Plame Wilson, because Bushies did not like that Wilson’s husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, would not pretend Niger “yellow cake” uranium story was true
- Saddam was about to launch a campaign to make kittens and puppies in perfect little American suburbia all sick
- the war would take a few days to a few weeks, completely pay for itself, and there is “absolutely no way” to lose it
- the entire world sees the war as right which is why we had to pay them and bully them into joining the “coalition of the willing”
- actions in Iraq certainly won’t distract us from catching Osama bin Laden, regroup al Qaeda, or exhaust our resources for the global war on terror
Need I list more?