The UN Security Council and the US are about to officially certify that Iraq did not have any banned WMDs. I see that exactly one paper in the so called “liberal media” is carrying this story. Gee, one would think that the official acknowledgement that the American casus belli for America invading Iraq never existed would be well covered by the news? Apparently not. I mean, it is an awkward situation. Hundreds of thousands are dead, millions are displaced, hundreds of billions of dollars have been borrowed and spent…and our justification turns out to have been in error?
Oops. I guess it’s too late to say we’re sorry? Of course some of us knew before the invasion that Iraq had no WMDs. Let’s review quickly: Iraq had no conceivable use for WMDs, Iraq had excellent reasons not to develop WMDs, Iraq had no realistic way of obtaining or building WMDs. So the Bush administration was either hopelessly out of touch with reality, or was lying to justify a war. In either case, we’re screwed.
I may even blog less about the war from now on. I mean, this is the final nail in the coffin. The invasion of Iraq was at best a catastrophic miscalculation, the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t even visible using the Hubble Space Telescope. Bush’s surge will be the high water mark of the American Empire, like the disastrous Pickett’s Charge was the high water mark of the Confederacy.
The other thing that shows how hopeless the situation is, is the steadily increasing use of air power in Iraq and Afghanistan. Air power is a sign of desperation when fighting an insurgency, it’s like using a flamethrower to get rid of the cockroaches in a house. Insurgents are very difficult to find and bomb, and every time a stray bomb kills a bunch of kids, the insurgents get more support. Try to imagine if the authorities responded to a crime on your street by bombing a house that held “suspected criminals,” killing innocent woman and children in the process.
In a final note of transcendent absurdity in this situation, as part of the certification process the UN Security Council is going through, the Maliki government in Iraq has to promise it will not develop WMDs! I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried.
(The above Mathew Brady photograph of the aftermath of Pickett’s Charge is public domain under US copyright law.)