By Manifesto Joe
Day by day I am reminded of April 1975, when the South Vietnamese "government" was being toppled. President Gerald Ford actually wanted to send U.S. troops back to Vietnam as it became clearer that the South would be unable to survive. Congress, overwhelmingly Democratic after the 1974 midterm elections, said no. Hell no.
This time, a half-Republican Congress seems ambivalent, and President Obama appears to have been bamboozled by the military establishment. As an early opponent of Il Doofus' foolish invasion of Iraq, Obama should know that you can't fix stupid. And among many mistakes Il Doofus made during his abysmal presidency, the Iraq invasion may have been the most imbecilic. That should be clear now.
During the 2002-03 run-up to Il Doofus' folly, I watched in amazement as the American people were misled and lied to again and again. I figured I knew what the motivation was -- oil. Il Doofus and his chief operating officer, The Prince of Darkness, were figuring that they could just send troops in there, have them welcomed as liberators, and then just help themselves to all that cheap oil. Of course, they were dreadfully wrong. What happened was an eight-year war that ended up costing thousands of American lives, ruining tens of thousands more, and killing perhaps over 1 million Iraqis.
Now, three years after U.S. involvement ostensibly ended, we're supposed to be shocked, shocked that Iraq has erupted into sectarian violence, with Sunnis fighting Shiites, etc.? And that the Baghdad "government" could be toppled any day now?
Saddam Hussein was certainly a bad guy, but at least he was the Devil We Knew. His brutal regime was the only glue that held that country together. When he was toppled, the U.S. opened a Pandora's Box that could only end the way it looks like it may end now. Containment of Saddam (as was done with the Soviet Union) would have been the wise thing, but noooo ... Instead, we had to listen to half-baked stories about "weapons of mass destruction."
Il Doofus' adventure in Iraq was a grotesque mistake that will cost Iraqis, plus Americans, for many decades. The U.S. should have left well enough alone in the first place, and renewed involvement now would just compound the error. Let's face it -- we've lost another war. Now let's try not to do this again, ever.
Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.
Postscript: It was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who referred to the Iraq war as "a grotesque mistake."