Things said or done long years ago,
Or things I did not do or say
But thought that I might say or do,
Weigh me down, and not a day
But something is recalled,
My conscience or my vanity appalled.
Yeats, William Butler. “Vacillation“.
This must surely be how David Frum (author of 2003 “Unpatriotic Conservatives” article tarring paleocon war critics) and the rest of the Neocons feel after their repeated foreign policy bungles (Oops, no WMD?).
Iraqi Refugees Admitted into USA: 64,174
Iraqi Refugees Total: Millions
Total Americans Wounded in Iraq: 33184
Total American Deaths in Iraq: 4488
Iraqi Deaths Due to US Invasion: 1455590
Money Spent on Iraq War: Over 808 Billion
Achievement: Replace secular Sunni leader and former US-ally who poses no threat to the US with, one of the most corrupt states in the world. Transparency International ranks its corruption at #175 out of 183 countries. Shia Muslims in Iraq are now dominant: Iran is also Shia Muslim.
That infamous quote again:
I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.
The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
Next up: Needless war with Iran! (Pat Buchanan article).
Also see: “The Power of War Propaganda on Iran, and How It Works” by John Glaser at antiwar.com