Wow! Pat Buchanan OpEd

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Registered: 09-14-1997
Wow! Pat Buchanan OpEd
Fri, 09-03-2010 - 9:40am

"In the first column, in mid-September 2002, I wrote:

"If Providence does not intrude, we will soon launch an imperial war on Iraq with all the 'On-to-Berlin!' bravado with which French poilus and British Tommies marched in August 1914. But this invasion will not be the cakewalk neoconservatives predict. ...

"(For) what comes after the celebratory gunfire when wicked Saddam is dead? ...

"With our MacArthur Regency in Baghdad, Pax Americana will reach apogee. But then the tide recedes, for the one endeavor at which Islamic peoples excel is expelling imperial powers by terror and guerrilla war. They drove the Brits out of Palestine and Aden, the French out of Algeria, the Russians out of Afghanistan, the Americans out of Somalia and Beirut, the Israelis out of Lebanon. ...

"The only lesson we learn from history is that we do not learn from history."

And so it came to pass. And as 90 months of war in Iraq come to an end for America, what was won? And what was lost?

To stampede us into war, the neocons told us that Saddam was tied to al Qaeda and had a role in 9/11, that he had VX gas, botulism, mustard gas, sarin and anthrax, and was acquiring nuclear weapons. What further proof must you have, demanded Condi Rice, "a mushroom cloud over an American city"?

The truth. Saddam had no tie to al Qaeda, no role in 9/11, no chemical weapons, no biological weapons, no nuclear program.

We attacked a nation that did not attack us, did not threaten us and did not want war with us — to strip it of weapons it did not have.

We were misled. We were deceived. We were lied to.

The cost: 4,400 dead, 35,000 wounded, $700 billion sunk. "



iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2006
Sat, 09-04-2010 - 9:01am

or how you define "is"?

The American people did not support the war because US policy makers wanted a base in the ME. They supported a war because the administration told them that SH had WMD.


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-02-2009
Sat, 09-04-2010 - 9:05am

"um, no... it was pretty predictable at the time. There were many inconsistencies in the administration's tall tale at the time, visible to anyone who was interested in looking behind the administration's story board. Pat Buchanan laid it on the line, but he wasn't the first or the only, and millions of Americans shared those concerns, dismissed by GWB as "irrelevant", with Fox leading the pack of liars. "




iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2006
Sat, 09-04-2010 - 9:19am

It's human nature to try to reframe failures as successes...I'm sure some will drink the Koolaid.