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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Iraq War verdict:

It seems probable that violence will decline in Iraq and it will slide toward a sullen and weak governance. This is not surprising, because given enough time - on the order of several years - a stronger force (the U.S.) can exhaust a rebellion. That's almost certainly what Cheney was hoping for and what Bush now sees as vindication.

But what will history record about this adventure? There were objectives not met because they were never there to begin with:
  • Eliminating WMD from Iraq.
  • Severing an operating relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda
What was accomplished was pretty much one thing:
  • Removal of the dictator Saddam Hussein
And the question to be asked is, "Was it worth a trillion dollars for that?"

Expect the verdict of history to be no.



2 comments

The question to be asked is will Bush be prosecuted for war crimes. It is a violation of international law to just attack a country because you want to "achieve objectives." There was no legitimate, legal or logical reason to attack Iraq. Bush needs to go to jail.

By Blogger Tom, at 12/12/2007 1:54 AM  

SUGGESTED TEXT FOR CONSIDERATION AS AN ADDITION TO ARTICLE 6
An aggressor, for the purposes of this article, means that state which is first to commit any of the following actions:
1. Declaration of war upon another State.

2. Invasion by its armed forces, with or without a declaration of war, of the territory of another State.

3. Attack by its land, naval or air forces, with or without a declaration of war, on the territory, vessels or aircraft of another State.

No political, military, economic or other considerations may serve as an excuse or justification for such actions, but exercise of the right of legitimate self-defense, that is to say, resistance to an act of aggression, or action to assist a State which has been subjected to aggression, shall not constitute a war of aggression.

Source:
International Conference on Military Trials : London, 1945
Report of Robert H. Jackson, United States Representative to the International Conference on Military Trials

By Anonymous Rockie the Dog, at 12/12/2007 12:11 PM  

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