Ron Paul voted against the Iraq “not quite a declaration of war, but almost” resolution in 2003. Do you recall how many Republican Congressmen voted “no”? Take a guess.
If the media went to the Congressmen and Senators who voted for this resolution, and asked them to explain why they did so, what would they say? I mean other than “no comment.”
“I was sucked in by Bush?” No. “Because Colin Powell’s U.N. speech on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction fooled me?” No. Why not? Because they kept voting for the money to fund the war until Obama pulled out the uniformed troops in 2011.
Why did they vote for the resolution in 2003? “They had weapons of mass destruction.” Well, no, they didn’t.
Then why continue to vote to fund it? “Support our troops!” Right. Get them killed. Get their limbs shot off.
Once a President sucks in Congress on backing an invasion — which is 100% of the time — Congress keeps funding the carnage until the next President quietly pulls them out. Always.
Support our troops!
Today, the USA has zero influence in Iraq. Iran runs the show from the shadows. This was published in the Los Angeles Times.
BAGHDAD — Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the geopolitical winner of the war appears to be their common enemy: Iran.
American military forces are long gone, and Iraqi officials say Washington’s political influence in Baghdad is now virtually nonexistent. Hussein is dead. But Iran has become an indispensable broker among Baghdad’s new Shiite elite, and its influence continues to grow. . . .
During a visit to Baghdad on Sunday, however, Secretary of State John F. Kerry was unable to persuade Maliki to stop Iranian flights crossing Iraqi airspace to Syria. The U.S. charges that Iranian weapons shipments are key to propping up Syrian President Bashar Assad; Maliki says there is no proof that Tehran is sending anything besides humanitarian aid. Kerry’s visit was the first by a U.S. Cabinet official in more than a year. . . .
“The Americans have no role. Nobody listens to them. They lost their power in this country,” said Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq, a Sunni, commenting on the disappearance of the Americans as a broker for most of Iraq’s disputes. . . .
“At the moment, Iran has something akin to veto power in Iraq, in that Maliki is careful not to take decisions that might alienate Iran,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an expert on Iran with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. . . .
Maliki turned to Shiite Islamist parties and figures tied to Iran to stay in power after a close election in 2010. He has fended off challenges since then with the support of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who fears the expansion of Sunni power if Syria or Iraq collapses. Maliki has convinced the Iranians that he is the only one who can hold his country together, according to Iraqi politicians.
The neoconservatives gave support to Bush. The Republican faithful were behind Bush 100%. They re-elected him in 2004. “He got us into Iraq. Support our troops. Keep them in Iraq.”
The war cost $3 trillion, if it was half of the Iraq-Afghanistan war cost, which will total around $6 trillion, was used on Iraq. Oh, well. Who cares? Out of sight, out of mind. “Iraq? Never heard of it.”
A decade ago, American flags were flying on car bumpers. America was off to show those Iraqis who was in charge. The fact that hardly any American could find Iraq on a map was irrelevant. Maps are irrelevant to Americans.
In 1983, American supported Iraq in its war with Iran. Rumsfeld — good old Rummy — was there to shake Saddam’s hand.
Who’s next to be shown a thing or two by the U.S. government? Who’s next to be pushed around?
The same victim as before: the U.S. taxpayer. He loves it! “Let’s roll!”
Over there. Over there.
Send the word, send the word, over there.
That the banks are coming. The banks are coming.
There’s drum, drum drumming everywhere!