Each day more information reveals the lies of the Neo-Cons to deceive the American People and Congress to go to war in Iraq. In a recent interview, George W Bush claimed he could not think of any mistakes he made and stated he still thought invading Iraq was the right decicion. Cheney was asked if there were anything he would do differently, if he could to it over again. He stated he would do everything as he did, all over again.
Colin Powell conceded that he now has doubts about invading Iraq. I well remember Colin Powell speaking to the UN about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, showing photos of trucks that he said contained moveable labs and sketches of those fictitious labs. The trucks could have been furniture vans, the sketches done by a high school graphics class, but no one asked questions.
General Powell was a respected military man with a long career of serving his country. The fact that Powell looked down during most of his presentation to the UN, that he seemed tentative as he spoke, that his facial expression looked pained, all made me suspicious, or at least wondering.
Who was I, a high school teacher of literature and composition, to question a Powerful and Respected General?
As a teacher, I was a student of people---their body language, their faces and eyes, their voices. Everything about General Powell that day caused me to think he did not believe himself. He doubted himself, and I doubted myself or at least my power.
Americans remembered Viet Nam, the turmoil of the anti-war protests, and reports of how poorly returning soldiers were treatedl. Now, those reports are being questioned as false, as set-ups to make the anti-war forces look bad, as propaganda! As more of Nixon's dirty tricks. What a time of turmoil those Nam and Nixon days were. I guess Americans did not want to see the nation torn apart again. I guess we want to honor those who serve.
So, to preserve the peace, we went along with another war. We fell for the lies, the slogans, the promise that it would be a short time until we "won." I wondered how we would recognize winning. Finding an old dirty man in a hole and then hanging him? The conflict dragged on and on. The cost in lives and dollars rose higher and higher.
Now, we acknowledge it was 10 years ago that we invaded Iraq. Reports are it cost 4,400+ American lives. Over 15,000 maimed. How many with PTSD? And the VA is overwhelmed with claims and way behind. Now, the politicians have screwed up again and the educational benefits for soldiers and their orphans is a hollow promise! So much for "honoring those who served."
People need to be skeptical of promises pols make, of high sounding slogans, and to ask probing questions. One of my favorite journalists was Molly Ivins. She said, "Follow the money!" And today, we know Cheney's Halliburton profited on war in Iraq by $39.5 Billion! I have no doubt he needed a heart transplant, but I wonder if Medicare paid for it? But that is another issue...