Moral Contradictions

Saturday, June 24, 2006

600,000 Americans dead

Does the subject line irk you? It should.

That would be the equivalent of the 50,000 plus Iraqis dead since the invasion. 50,000. Just over 600,000 Americans died during the Civil War, to give you some perspective. Thus, 50,000 out of 26 million is kind of a big deal.

Does 50,000 Iraqi dead irk you? If so, you're probably a minority here in America.

We lost 3,000 people in one day. How do you think Iraq feels with losing the equivalent of 600,000 people in 3 years?

If we're so bent up about fighting the insurgents over there instead of here at home, why didn't we stick around in Afghanistan and finish the job there?

Remember how everyone agreed that we needed to go to Afghanistan? There was no question - that's where the bad guys were, we had to go there.

I think that question is appropriate, given how nearly every excuse...I mean justification, for going to war with Iraq continues to be debunked. The latest comes from the Washington Post:

In late January 2003, as Secretary of State Colin Powell prepared to argue the Bush administration's case against Iraq at the United Nations, veteran CIA officer Tyler Drumheller sat down with a classified draft of Powell's speech to look for errors. He found a whopper: a claim about mobile biological labs built by Iraq for germ warfare.

Drumheller instantly recognized the source, an Iraqi defector suspected of being mentally unstable and a liar. The CIA officer took his pen, he recounted in an interview, and crossed out the whole paragraph.

A few days later, the lines were back in the speech. Powell stood before the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5 and said: "We have first-hand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails."

The sentence took Drumheller completely by surprise.

"We thought we had taken care of the problem," said the man who was the CIA's European operations chief before retiring last year, "but I turn on the television and there it was, again."

I'm proud, fiercely proud, to be an American, but I'm ashamed of our conduct and lack of stategic anticipation and planning. Let's start acting like the country we are.


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