Under the Black Flag

A Neocon Anniversary

OK, the tenth anniversary of the worst foreign blunder Uncle Sam has ever committed has come and gone, but the post-anniversary headlines remain the same: “Explosions in Baghdad kill dozens and wound scores” (International Herald Tribune, March 20); “For Iraqis, no time for reflection, only desperation” (op. cit., March 19); “Iraq War Intelligence Was a Lie” (Daily Telegraph, March 18); “No Country Since 1945 Has Suffered More” (op. cit., March 18); “Ten Years On, Death Still Stalks Baghdad” (op. cit., March 15).  I could go on.

The only victor has been Israel, whose nuclear domination of the region was assured, once the great bluffer Saddam was removed.

Iraq is now a very weak nation split in three, with the Kurds up north, the Sunnis around the middle, and the Shi’ites down south.  Uncle Sam spent one trillion dollars and is now broke.  Five thousand young Americans lost their lives, and 50,000 were wounded, some grievously—blind, without limbs, needing hospitalization for the rest of their lives.  Over one million Iraqi casualties are dwarfed by the number of Iraqis who were displaced.  And in the midst of this tragedy, that smirking criminal shyster Dick Cheney is given a whole hour by HBO to play Édith Piaf’s signature song, “I Regret...

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