Ron Paul voted against the Iraq war in 2002. His speech is on YouTube. He was ridiculed by Republican stalwarts.
Today, trillions of dollars in Americans’ taxes and debts later, Iraq is in a civil war. What do American taxpayers have to show for Bush’s “I’m Macho!” grandstanding? War debts and war dead. Plus this photo:
Paul was right. Bush was wrong. Americans have the debts and graves to prove it.
To the neoconservatives who cheered that war, I say: “We told you so.”
For the Republicans who are ready to go to war every time, I say: “We told you so.”
Iraq is finally back in the news. It is a disaster.
We told you so.
Stories about Iraq were buried even before Obama pulled out the visible troops. Iraq went down the memory hole. “There’s nothing to see here. Move along.” Mercenaries have stayed behind. In addition, the U.S. government still operates military bases. The U.S. military has insisted that this will not change.
Half a million Iraqis died. “Collateral damage,” say the neocons. “They’re not on our conscience!” No. But they are on their personal accounts. “There will be no day of final reckoning!” Yes, there will be.
Did the neocons ever say, “We were wrong?” Of course not.
Did they say we should pull out of Afghanistan? Of course not.
Are we going to pull out of Afghanistan? Yes. Every military invader of Afghanistan always has.
What have we got to show for it? Debts and graves. Bin Laden was in Pakistan, not Afghanistan.
There are no splendid little wars, as Teddy Roosevelt labeled them. There are only wars for empire that drain our Treasury, rack up our debts, and fill our graveyards.
At least for now, voters have had enough. Obama’s attempted macho man play in Syria ended. He drew a line in the sand. Then he stepped away from it.
It’s about time.