'Twas just five short years ago today that America, for the first time in its history, invaded another country. At the time, the excuse was to locate WMDs that the evil Saddam Hussein was building in, dunno, his garage? The UN asked Bush to wait six more weeks to complete their investigation but Bush ignored them because ... um .... wait, SEPTEMBER 11TH! Yeah, wasn't that awful? Aren't you mad? I am! Let's get 'em! Somebody has to pay!
Okay, um, so no WMDs. Heh. Oops. Well, while we are here, let's take down this awful dictator who was just so darn mean! Oh, he was just awful! Did you hear what he'd done to his own people? Terrible. Never mind about 70 other heinous dictators in the world, this is the motherfucker we want because ... well, we're already here and didn't he talk once about hurting Bush's Daddy? That's reason enough to dig a crazy old man out of hole and then string him up like a pinata. Because um ... SEPTEMBER 11TH! Yeah, wasn't that awful? Aren't you mad? I am! Let's get 'em! Somebody has to pay!
Never mind that Saddam and Osama bin Laden (remember him? Now there's a blast from the past!) didn't like each other and refused to work together - even to battle an enemy they both hate - The West. Turns out, crazed ego-maniacal homicidal dictators don't always make the best buddies - funny that. Still, they look alike and sound alike so let's get in there and kick some ass because ... um ... SEPTEMBER 11TH! Yeah, wasn't that awful? Aren't you mad? I am! Let's get 'em! Somebody has to pay!
NEVER MIND the fact that 11 of the 19 hijackers on 9-11 were from Saudi Arabia not Iraq. After all, that's where we get all our oil and hey! We can't rock the boat because how else are we going to fill up our SUVs? I mean, where else can we put our 'Support the Troops!' magnetic ribbons? On the fridge? Pppppppft.
I have been enraged so long about this war based on lies that it's simply part of my daily emotional make-up. We've now got the finest men and women of this country giving their lives and limbs for a mess that has no end. Remember that when the first George Bush was asked why he did not invade Iraq during the Gulf War, he said it was because they had no viable exit strategy. Of course, neither did Bush II but there was no time to think about that. The guy who barely showed up for his own military service had a hard-on for war. Now we have lost nearly 4,000 of America's best - not to mention those who have lived but still suffer physically and mentally.
Protests are planned today from San Francisco to DC, North Dakota to New Jersey but will it make a difference? Despite the noble efforts of our military who make daily sacrifices I cannot even fathom, we are stuck in Iraq for the foreseeable future. The Iraqi civilian body count now stands at 82–89,000 and our reasoning for war - which has changed with the wind - is that we are there "to help."