This is an image of Saddam Hussein, shortly after his capture. There is no question to the fact that Saddam was a brutal dictator, responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of his countrymen, women and children.
It was 20 years ago today that the US went to war with Iraq. At that time, the Bush propaganda machine was pushing out the line that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. None were ever found. The Bush machine, and the country bought it, linked 9/11 to Iraq. This was so even though 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis. Bush was a hero. Anyone who did not support the Iraq war was not a patriot. The media, even the left-wing media, was for the most part, for the war.
For me, the two most memorable phrases from that war were ‘Mission Accomplished’. It was not. Not even close, The second most memorable statement, rather than a phrase, was this gem by, then secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld.
“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”
Classic. It is now 20 years later. The invasion of Iraq is generally considered a mistake. Bush is reviled for the invasion. Thousands of American lives were lost and tens of thousands of Iraqui lives were lost. Trump in his 2016 campaign kept pushing that line that he never supported the Iraq invasion, even though he did.
Iraq today is approaching normalcy. They are better off that Saddam is gone. But now Iran is an influence in Iraq. One last thing. Bush was looked upon very favourably for his initial role in Iraq. That has changed 180 degrees The Trumpkins still ,love Trump today. In ten years this will also turn 180 degrees.