Sunni Muslims sure do know how to pick their anniversaries and their victims.
Thus, we are reminded once again of the outcome of Bush’s war in Iraq — a war not officially declared by the U.S. Congress, in opposition to the United States Constitution (Article I, Section 8). But Congress then funded it.
What did the American taxpayer get out of that war?
The government hanged Saddam. This was two decades after the government had backed him.
The following facts became public only in 2002. It reveals a secret meeting between Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam in 1983.
Then, he was a good guy. Then, he got aid from the U.S. government. Then, he was the government’s hope in the Middle East.
We got this, too.
Don’t forget this: the bill. That will be in the range of $6 trillion, including $4 trillion in interest payments — if interest rates stay low. (They won’t.)
Do you remember Lawrence Lindsey? Of course not. Let me refresh your memory.
Lawrence B. Lindsey was director of the 1. National Economic Council (2001–2002), and the assistant to the president on economic policy for the U.S. President George W. Bush. . . .
On September 15, 2002, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Lindsey estimated the high limit on the cost of the Bush administration’s plan in 2002 of invasion and regime change in Iraq to be 1-2% of GNP, or about $100–$200 billion. Mitch Daniels, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, subsequently discounted this estimate as “very, very high” and stated that the costs would be between $50–$60 billion. This lower figure was endorsed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who called Lindsey’s estimate “baloney”.
Lindsey’s estimate was total baloney. Stupid. Pathetic.
But what should we say of Rumsfeld’s estimate?
Ron Paul voted against the Iraq war. He was pilloried by the Republican mainstream as a traitor to his party.
He was, indeed. But he was loyal to the U.S. Constitution. Congress never had the guts to declare war. It has not had the guts to declare any war since December 8, 1941.
“A mere technicality,” say conservative Republican defenders of the Constitution, who say they believe in the doctrine of “original intent.” They just don’t believe in the explicit words of the document.
Let us not forget why Ron Paul opposed that war.