“Victory” in Iraq is Pure Garbage
At the first presidential debate, John McCain repeated several times that the U.S. military has achieved “victory” in Iraq. This is pure, unadulterated bullshit. It’s like saying that Britain achieved victory in India or Palestine; that France achieved victory in Algeria; or that Belgium achieved victory in the Congo. An occupying force has no way of achieving victory, other than by possibly getting out without too many casualties, and at over 4,000 dead U.S. soldiers, that’s no longer possible.
As Barack Obama succinctly put it in the debate, “John McCain thinks the war in Iraq started in 2007.” Of course it didn’t begin in 2007, it began in 2003, and we’ve been stuck in a quagmire for five years. There are hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, and over 4,000 dead U.S. soldiers, as well as tens of thousands of seriously wounded U.S. soldiers. The Iraqis really and truly want us the hell out of there. Where’s the victory?
Yes, “the surge” did quell some of the violence in Baghdad, but is that really victory? What the surge did was make the U.S. military the official police force of Baghdad. We now have 30,000 of our troops on the ground on every single block of Baghdad 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That’s victory? We won’t know what the consequences of our unprovoked attack will be until after we leave. Can they police their own country? Will the religious and ethnic factions stop killing each other and quit blowing up each other’s mosques? That’s when we might actually know something.
Meanwhile, we spend a billion dollars a month keeping the Iraqis safe while our country is falling to pieces. And remember, Iraq didn’t attack us; we attacked them.
When I watched WWII movies as a kid and became aware of the fact that Japan pulled a “sneak attack” on us at Pearl Harbor, then wouldn’t follow the Geneva Convention rules on treating prisoners and regularly tortured U.S. soldiers, my feeling was, “You can’t drop enough atomic bombs on those assholes.” Well, now Bush, Cheney, and the ultra-creep, Rumsfeld, have made the USA into Imperial Japan during WWII. We’re the ones who attack countries unprovoked and torture prisoners. We’re now the assholes who can’t have too many atomic bombs dropped on us. We’re the assholes of the world.
And do keep in mind that Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor was certainly provoked by us embargoing them. Our attack on Iraq was utterly unprovoked, and sold to the American public with nothing but lies. Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks (which Sarah Palin still believes), nor did they have WMDs, nor were they, as John McCain just said at the debate, “The center of terrorism.” These are all fabrications and lies meant to mislead America into an utterly pointless, completely unwinable war. Sadly, victory is not a possibility.
The fact that McCain is condemning Obama for “not admitting that we’ve achieved victory in Iraq” is one more reason that the man is unqualified to be president. He’s living in an delusion and he demands that everybody else embrace his idiotic delusion. In all cases of one country’s military occupying another country, the only solution is to get the hell out. That’s what Britain ultimately had to do in both India and Palestine (as well as many other countries); that’s what France had to do in Algeria; that’s what Belgium had to do in the Congo – get the hell out. A country’s destiny is their own to create, and are not for anybody else to mold. If Iraq becomes a democracy, good for them. If it becomes a Muslim theocracy, which seems more likely, it’s their country and they should have the right to do whatever they want with it.
The basic Neocon mandate is that the U.S is good and that all of the Muslim countries are evil, a theory that John McCain wholeheartedly embraces. This is also a delusion and utter bullshit. If you go strictly by the numbers of deaths and casualties, we’re much worse than they are. Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people in the 9/11 attacks, as well as several hundred others in various terrorist attacks around the world; we’ve killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis for no reason at all. If you bring this fact up to many Republicans they’ll quickly counter with, “Oh, that’s different.” Sorry, but no it’s not. Killing innocent people is killing innocent people, whether you do it by flying a plane into a building, or by “shock and awe” bombing runs, the results are exactly the same. The difference is that we have a huge military and they don’t, so they use different tactics.
Every single part of the Iraq War has been a mistake. The fact that by increasing our troop levels, putting them on every block, and keeping there 24 hours a day, has decreased some of the violence in Baghdad doesn’t come anywhere close to being “victory.”