|"Mission Accomplished" 2003 (AP)
What puzzled and disturbed me was that many of my fellow citizens believed that Saddam Hussein was connected to the 9/11 attacks— and that connection somehow justified the invasion. It never was true.
In fact, a lot of crap got passed on as truth over the last 10 years. From the McClatchy News Service, which ones of the following are true?
- Iraqis greeted U.S. troops as liberators.
- At least women’s rights have improved post-Saddam.
- The Sons of Iraq project, also called Sahwa or “Awakening,” was a successful strategy to isolate extremist in the war zone.
- The bombing of the golden-domed al Askari shrine in Samarra in February 20006 touched off the brutal sectarian ware that would engulf iraq for the next two years.
- Sovereignty was restored in 2004, with the U.S. Occupational authority handing over power to interim leader Ayad Allawi.
- The “surge” strategy of sending 20,000 additional U.S. Forces to Iraq in 2007 was the catalyst for a turnaround in the war, bringing enough calm to the country for the U.S. Military to stay on schedule for withdrawal.
- As of the end of 2011, there’s been a full U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
Alas, none of those are true— but does anyone care anymore? George Bush and his cronies can go write their memoirs; we and the Iraqi people will be paying for the Iraq War for years to come.
Learn anything? I’d have hoped we had after Vietnam.
Just like I hope we’d have learned about assault weapons and high-capacity magazines after the killing of children and teachers in Newtown.
I hope because it’s too hard to stay angry for too long.