Most of my friends, especially those who served with me in Vietnam, are completely disgusted with Obama's attempt to put the best face on the ignominious US occupation of Iraq. What Obama and his henchmen might consider a well done card trick - has not gone down well among those Iraqi's who lost their homes and their places of work. The lies that empowered George W. Bush to invade Iraq represent an enduring stain on the reputation of American democracy. Our much-vaunted system of checks and balances failed to temper the mendacity of the president who acted like a king and got away with it. As Robert Scheer so aptly reported, it is utter nonsense for Obama, who in the past has made clear his belief that the Bush administration's case for this war was a web of lies, now states boldly and deceptively: "The United States has paid a huge price, simply to assuage the arrogance of a president that was unfettered by the restraints of common sense expected in a functioning democracy. Particularly shameful was the betrayal by the Congress and the mass media of the obligations to challenge a president who exploited post-9/11 fears to go to war with a nation that had nothing whatsoever to do with that attack. Now, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Americans are dead and maimed, at a cost of $3 trillion to American taxpayers, and our Imperial adventure has left Iraq in a horrible mess, controlled by a corrupt and deeply divided elite that shows no serious inclination to effectively govern. Thanks to you, Mr. President, the price in shattered lives and dollars will continue, as Iraq remains haunted by ethnic and religious conflict that WE did so much to provoke.
Please check truthdig.com Robert Scheer's excellent report, posted on Sep 1, 201o, about the dismal incompetence about our two most recent presidents!