The War in Iraq officially ended today. Nine years ago it started, nine years later, it ended. Nearly 4500 American soldiers died fighting The War in Iraq, tens of thousands of soldiers have been injured fighting The War in Iraq, billions of dollars have been spent fighting The War in Iraq and now, The War in Iraq is over.
I suppose the polls showed that The American People preferred instant gratification, and our elected leaders delivered. Billions spent, billions made by a few connected corporations, thousands dead and for what?
Ten years ago, I anxiously waited for my government to start the process of finding the people responsible for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. I trusted the government to do the right thing, and get the bad guys, and improve our country's security. I figured it would take ten years to finish the job, or at least finish it to the best of our ability, with the end result being the criminals that planned the attacks be captured or killed, and those that were captured held accountable for their actions.
Instead, we invaded Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with the attacks on 9-11. We trampled that country, tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed, Saddam Hussein was hung by barbarians, and I got to watch it on YouTube, the king's sons were killed by US forces and I got to see the mutilated corpses in print and watch bogus "celebrations" of victory on the cable news channels.
I've been present at a lot of weird things over the years, protests, pickets, murder scenes, fires, catastrophes' and the like, and I have seen how a small event looks much bigger on TV, when a skilled cameraman knows how to get the best shot, and gifted writers prepare the story for the anchor to read.
There was no giant celebration when we invaded Iraq. There was no dancing in the streets when Saddam Hussein was murdered, and his sons shot. I don't know about the rest of the country, but I was, and continue to be ashamed by our reaction to an unprovoked attack, against a country who wasn't even there.
So don't expect any wild parties at my house tonight. The only satisfaction I felt since this whole terrible chapter in our history began was the night Osama Bin Laden was found and brought to justice. That was what I expected, some excellent spy work, patience, highly trained commandos going in and getting him and finally, justice.