LastDayWatchers the truth bring clarity
Never mind Jeb Bush’s verbal stumbles, think, instead, about his foreign-policy team, led by people who were directly involved in concocting a false case for war
So let’s get the Iraq story right, yes, from a national point of view the invasion was a mistake, but it was worse than a mistake, it was a crime.
The fraudulence of the case for war was actually obvious even at the time: the ever-shifting arguments for an unchanging goal were a dead giveaway. So were the word games, the talk about W.M.D that conflated chemical weapons (which many people did think Saddam had) with nukes, the constant insinuations that Iraq was somehow behind 9/11.
Michael Morell, a career CIA official who became the agency’s deputy director and acting director and served as Bush’s intelligence briefer during the pre-invasion period.
Morell told Chris Matthews on Tuesday that
"The Bush-Cheney administration publicly misrepresented the intelligence related to Iraq’s supposed WMD program and Saddam’s alleged links to Al Qaeda.”, that is not an honest intelligence “mistake” by Bush officials, that is deceit and lying to take America to war.
Nearly 4,500 Americans died, tens of thousands more were wounded, and $2 trillion was squandered in a war to destroy weapons of mass destruction that were never found, and though the war disposed of a bloody dictator, Saddam Hussein, it ushered in something worse, at least for the United States:
A sectarian civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and gave birth to Islamist terrorism, now under the banner of the Islamic State, the more legitimate Afghanistan War was orphaned, turning it into a quagmire, and allies were alienated.
Today, Iraq is splintered and reeling. With the capture this week of the key Sunni city of Ramadi, ISIL is firmly in control of one chunk, and Iran the war's big winner has great sway over another.
It is by any measure a calamity so much so that even Republican candidates, reluctant to alienate the party's hawks or to concede error by a president of their own party, have begun to admit it.
Which highlights a problem that Jeb Bush needs to grapple with, most Democrats think Ms. Clinton is entitled to the nomination; Republicans don't feel the same way about him.
I the Lord of Host have set a perpetual sealed upon thy house, never again will anyone from thy house, thy families house or thy political house; the Republican party; ever be elected to the office of Commander and Chief ever again.