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Aug 11, 2014

Crikey says: still paying the price for Bush’s folly

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The decision of the Obama administration to intervene militarily in Iraq in defence of Yazidi refugees and what is, for all intents and purposes, the new independent Kurdish state against Islamic State forces is the correct one. But it also demonstrates the extent to which Iraq has been left as an unviable state in the wake of the attack on Saddam Hussein. The most powerful symbol of this was when US airstrikes destroyed the Humvees of Islamic State forces. These US-supplied vehicles were captured from fleeing Iraqi army forces in June. All of this is the product of the vast historical tragedy of the Iraq War. It is a war that has so far cost nearly US$2 trillion and, according to American estimates, will eventually cost up to US$4 trillion by the time the last veteran of the conflict dies and the ongoing medical bill associated with treating veterans is finalised. That cost does not include the over 5000 allied lives lost in Iraq, nor the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives. The only demonstrable result of the Iraq War is that the West was made less safe. That is the conclusion of British and American intelligence agencies and the Australian Federal Police: that the attack on Iraq made Western countries less safe from terrorism. Now governments are insisting once again that we are threatened by terrorism from Iraq, and that this threat justifies further draconian changes to our anti-terror laws. The price we are paying for the folly of men like George W. Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard is now greater than ever.

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6 thoughts on “Crikey says: still paying the price for Bush’s folly

  1. Bill Hilliger

    And now for war criminal charges for Bush Blair Howard the three warriors.

  2. klewso

    Bush had help – Howard, Blair and “Comical Ally” Murdoch, “embedded”, to handle PR.

  3. Coaltopia

    Well, unlikely the *only* demonstrable result of the Iraq War… sure, the Sunnis are back… but I think this quote sums it up:

    “See, this is why I keep thinking Cheney’s got to be an Iranian mole. How could he not see that a war in Iraq benefits noncombatant neighboring states? He had to know. He can’t be that stup — Wait, I withdraw the comment.” – The War Nerd

  4. AR

    The point surely, as WarNerd groked, is that they cannot have been so stupid therefore the only question is what were the real motives? It can’t have been oil as it turned out to be orders of magnitude dearer to steal it than buy it. Plus the concomitant damage on the societies of the belligerents, our loss of security, general freedoms and further encroachments to come.
    Looks as if that was the original purpose all along, the Security State unquestioned my Mr & Mrs Pooter who actually demand that they be protected from whatever hobgoblin the authorities post.

  5. klewso

    “Bush’s folly”, “Howard legacy” – “monkeys in silk ….”?

  6. Gavin Moodie

    Great editorial, thanx. I still wish they were signed.

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