Our war in Iraq   2003 – 11

After starting one war in Afghanistan, Bush and the far right started another in Iraq, which they were told could turn into a quagmire like Vietnam. After a brilliant victory, we didn’t have enough troops to stop five weeks of looting, but enough to protect the oil. We disbanded the Iraqi army when needed the most. We said we wouldn’t occupy the country. We didn’t expect so many insurgents to fight us. We didn’t find out why they were so motivated – like Vietnam. We kept training the Iraqi army which never did the job, like Vietnam. We’ve been trying to do it for them – like Vietnam. We pushed democratic reforms, like Vietnam; and the resulting the government hasn’t worked, like Vietnam. We’re rebuilding Iraq, like Vietnam, though it’s going up in smoke. Our government is too secretive about all this – like Vietnam.

We reported the total American deaths in Iraq, but rarely guessed at the total deaths of Iraqi government forces, civilian deaths or coalition deaths – like Vietnam. We mourn our deaths, not theirs – like Vietnam. Message: Americans matter, others don’t.

We pour over all this with American media and officials, like in Vietnam, and rarely with those from other countries – which says, American thinking counts, others’ doesn’t.

It was said there were 24 groups of insurgents. What did they want? Why did 75% of the Iraqis want us out? What was the role of oil? Why did we rarely hear the views of the UN, of refugees, the coalition, the Kurds or those who predicted civil war. We talked of winning or losing the war when we didn’t know what it was about.  Look for the same in Afghanistan.

We’re going in circles, creating resentment, and inviting another 9 -11.

Al Garner, 5018 jardin, laguna woods, ca 92637, 1 949 837 2950,
garner@comline.com … was in the domestic version of the peace corps … lived in NY slums during SERPICO … worked in welfare, child neglect, drug abuse, juvenile detention … taught Eng. … worked on Capitol Hill during Watergate … started home for mental patients (living with them for two years) … has rented rooms in his house since ’78 … writes (as a hobby) on issues – www.timelessissues.com and advice – www.generaladvice.org