Okay. So. It's over.
Last weekend, my beloved said something in jest that I love her for, and I feel deeply today. "I like my beer like I like my man, bitter." I am bitter, and this is one of the biggest reasons. I began commenting on blogs outside of my good friend's place because I was horrified that we would attack a nation based on shoddy intel and do so blatantly. I began this blog in part because I wanted a personal forum to rail against the obvious injustice being perpetrated abroad and here at home. All voices against the great Iraqi adventure fell on truly deaf ears. We had invaded by the time I started this blog, and little changed for so very long.
I certainly didn't expect anyone to listen to little ol' me. But I did expect that we would be smarter as a country, full of voters. Instead, I have been subjected to all kinds of claims that I don't understand or care about international affairs. I have listened as jackwads, most of which were dead silent 9 years ago when we invaded, told me that we would never leave Iraq. I have not so patiently waited while my betters told me that we would never have less than 50 thousand troops in country and our $50,000,000 bases would never be turned over to the Iraqis. Not anyone reading this hasn't heard the jokes or seen the cartoons about how we should just 'glass' the entire region.
I guess I'm not so bitter as I am tired. The assholes who've all told me how wrong my country is will not ever admit how they were wrong in prediction. The money's already been spent and the lives, 4500+ lives, have already been lost. But yet, the American Empire marches on. And those who claim such were wrong before and remain wrong now. Somehow, I'm certain, this is my fault. Yeah, I'm pretty bitter, and tired.
I am weakly and wearily happy that our country is turning Iraq over to the Iraqis. I wish them luck. I wish our troops a great "Welcome Home". I want healing to begin.
But, the Iraq war caused more than just death and suffering. It has polarized the opinions of people more than I can express, and caused a rise in what was already a burgeoning police state here at home. John McCain thinks that our declaring an end to the Iraq war signals that the terrorists have won. I'm certain that his buddy LIEberman shares that view. Strangely, those views appear the most harmless. What does damage is the fact that Congress has avoided responsibility for the horror they brought, and now blame the guy who actually ended this stuff. The damage is multiplied because the left seeks desperately to believe the message from the right. This will not end well.
The authoritarian state grows. I've been warning about this for 8 years. Iraq, and the thinking that led to it's invasion, is precisely what gives credence to the crap spewed today. We needn't worry about invading Iran. That will happen when the Repulicants take over governance because they keep the super-secret knowledge of what will help us internationally. We *really* need to worry about that stealth Republican in the White House. Obama needs to lose and that will make the Iraq war all worth while.
No. No mission was accomplished here, save enriching Halliburton and Blackwater.
Thank you to the troops who did what they were asked. Thank you. I will do whatever I can to help you come to grips with the horrors you've been sold. I hope for you that life goes on and becomes worthwhile. (I work in providing materials to higher ed, and that's not a hollow offer I make.)