Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

10th Anniversary Of V-T Day

Today is the 10th anniversary of the V-T Day, or the victory over the truth day.  Ten years ago, we began bombing the crap out of Iraq because the Cheney Administration scared the American people and Congress with tales of mushroom clouds.

Iraq is among the most disastrous foreign policy follies in American history, perhaps world history.

To this day we don't really know how many Iraqis died, how many lost their homes, their livelihoods.  We will probably never get an accurate picture of how any American dollars were lost to corruption and theft.  We will struggle to put a price tag on the generation of soldiers who were maimed physically and psychologically by that war.

So when people call George W. Bush the worst president in history, they aren't making a partisan point, but rather an historical one.

UPDATE: Booman makes a good point: the blogosphere arose in response to the Iraq war and the media's credulous swallowing of the casus belli.  I think the same thing COULD have happened over the Clinton impeachment, but the Internet hadn't penetrated far enough.

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