The Neocon Iraqi Lie the Mainstream Media Won’t Let Die

iraq-killing-ISISIraq is in bad shape, being torn apart by sectarian violence, and it is going to get worse before it gets better – if it ever gets better. The sad truth – because we as a nation are culpable – is that there is nothing the United States can do now can make it better. The sad truth is that Iraq is in the shape it is today in because of what America has already done.

How, we must ask ourselves now, is how will doing again what we did before undo what we did before?

President George W. Bush’s criminal invasion in 2003 threw Iraq into chaos and his administration had no clear plans beyond toppling Saddam Hussein – unless you count plundering the country for all it was worth. That mission was accomplished very well.

We did not win there; indeed, we were lucky to get out after a decade of senseless fighting. Our purpose was ignoble from the beginning and the memory of the Iraq War does America no honor. And the Neocons want to go back and do it again- forever, if necessary.

Pat Robertson, in blaming President Bush for Iraq the other day, has shown himself to be more intelligent (or at least more honest) than,

Because somehow, in the Neocon mind, invading Iraq wasn’t the problem; leaving Iraq was.

Robertson, on the other hand, was correct in pointing out that George W. Bush is alone responsible for the current condition of Iraq. It doesn’t matter if Bush was a puppet or a puppet master. It was his watch and he was commander-in-chief.

Robertson gave it to Bush with both metaphorical barrels. Monday, on the 700 Club, Robertson said, “it was a great mistake to go in there.”

To sell the American people on Weapons of Mass Destruction, it was a lot of nonsense and we were sold a bill of goods.


We should have never gone into that country. As bad as Saddam Hussein was, he held those warring factions in check and he contained those radical Islamists.

Don’t be too quick to give Pat a pat on the back, however. Robertson is being less than forthcoming about his own support for Bush during the war. As Media Matters reports,

“On the December 7 [2005] edition of Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America, said Democratic criticism of the Iraq war ‘amounts to treason’ and that ‘carping criticism … just doesn’t cut it'”:

ROBERTSON: We’ve won the war already, and for the Democrats to say we can’t win it — what kind of a statement is that? And furthermore, one of the fundamental principles we have in America is that the president is the commander in chief of the armed forces and attempts to undermine the commander in chief during time of war amounts to treason. I know we have an opportunity to express our points of view, but there is a time when we’re engaged in a combat situation that carping criticism against the commander in chief just doesn’t cut it. And I think that yes, we have freedom of speech — of course we do — but this has gone over the top and I think the Republicans are — well, they’ve taken advantage.

I guess the truth cuts it though, doesn’t it Pat, not that you’ll apologize now.

Then there is Glenn Beck of all people, who, if he did not exactly apologize, admitted those treasonous liberals were right all along.

Tuesday on his radio show, Beck said, “From the beginning, most people on the left were against going into Iraq. I wasn’t…. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have.”

You have to look long and hard to find other conservatives who will even admit George W. Bush existed, let alone started the Iraq War – and on pretexts as flimsy as Hitler used to invade Poland in 1939.

Beck went on to say,

Not one more life. Not one more life. Not one more dollar, not one more airplane, not one more bullet, not one more Marine, not one more arm or leg or eye. Not one more. This must end now. Now can’t we come together on that?

The facts are clear and they are beyond dispute, though not beyond the inevitable Republican obfuscation and dishonesty.

Coalition forces invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003. This was the grotesquely-named Operation Iraqi Freedom (timeline here), grotesque because what it was in reality was “Operation Neocons Get Rich Quick.”

Bush said at the time that “”helping Iraqis achieve a united, stable and free country will require our sustained commitment” but the only sustained commitment made was to plunder the Iraqi people.

President-George-W.-Bush-Mission-AccomplishedOf course, then on May 1, 2003, he announced “Mission Accomplished,” which fails to explain the events of the past 11 years. In fact, the mission was so not accomplished that seven years later, in September 2010, it became Operation New Dawn.

Most particularly Bush’s alleged success in Iraq fails to explain the recent upswing in violence and the rise of Hussein loyalists and ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. There is a dispute over acronym (see here) but no dispute at all that ISIS/ISIL is the worst thing to happen to Iraq since George W. Bush and his Neocon carpetbagging friends.

Those responsible are undeniably and unarguably war criminals according to International law the United States once supported. And they want to go back to Iraq, and the media is more than willing to entertain their views on the bizarre premise that people who have shown they don’t know how to do something are the people to ask for advice.

As Justin Baragona wrote here Tuesday – and this will sound familiar to you since we did this already in 2003:

Basically, Kristol wants a bunch of US troops to go into Iraq to get into the middle of a civil war with no clear enemy or directive. In other words, create a bigger mess than it already is, and leave American blood on Iraqi soil.

And it worked so well last time! Ten years of war, without Obama’s 2008 win, could as easily have been 20. For Neocons – and for the mainstream media – it is 2003 all over again. No clear enemy. No clear directive.

Harry Reid says that all we need to hear from Dick Cheney is an apology for Iraq. That goes also for George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and the rest of their Neocon friends, and it goes double for the mainstream media, which has with malice aforethought perpetuated their lies for the past decade and is more than eager to do so again.

20 Replies to “The Neocon Iraqi Lie the Mainstream Media Won’t Let Die”

  1. Morning Joke actually admitted this morning that this is ALL on Dubya’s head. I couldn’t believe my ears after all the squawking HE’S done.

  2. What is truly disturbing is that people like Cheney, and Kristol (esp. Kristol) seem to not to have any awareness of all the people who have shed blood, been maimed, or killed. It us as though they have no conscience at all. If they are so hopped up about going back, then let them be the first to go. And, for them to refuse to accept any responsibility is repugnant. I was against this in the first place, all those years ago, and I am even more against it now. Send Dick, Liz, Bill (Kristol), Victoria Nuland, the Kagans, Wolfie, Rummy, Condaleeza and let them straighten this fricking mess out. They boke it, they need to fix it. Then, send them to the Hague.

  3. Cheney and company are all aware of what they have done. They don’t care. It’s about money and power. They’re heartless.

  4. Don’t leave out the fact that this did not all start in 1991 with Desert Storm. Iraq is a country that was created in order to force aid all of the West to exploit its resources. It was drawn without regard to historical realities or natural affiliations largely by the British who sought monarchies friendly to colonialist exploitation. It was nation-building in the early 20th century imposed on disparate people who had never before been a nation. This latest round of civil war has been a long time brewing and we can do nothing to fix it. It wasn’t Bush and Cheney who broke the country. They were agents in preventing it from being able to fix itself naturally. Only Iraq can sort it out, and it is going to be a goddamn mess but it would be worse if we tried to intervene again.

  5. The parallels to the Third Reich cranking up its propaganda machine before the invasion of Poland indeed struck me twelve years ago. This was the premeditated murder of a country.

  6. All the for and against reasons and who was for or against in 2003 have nothing to do with who is for or against going to war again in 2014.

    If President Obama is against it, the Bushites, republicans and neocons are for it. Period.

    If the President tomorrow were to say, “I think we need to go back into Iraq” those same gasbags would be on all the Sunday shows blathering on about why we shouldn’t.

    That is all that matters to them. Nothing else.

    Not American lives, not Iraqi lives, not Iraqi sovereignty, not American security, not the global effects, not the long-term assistance needed for the vets when they come home. None of that matters. Opposing President Obama at all costs is the only thing that matters to them.

  7. The neo cons in not recognizing the reality of the clusterfuck they unleashed reminds one of a dead corporal.

  8. I was opposed to the Iraq War before it got started. There is NO LOGICAL REASON to get involved in a country that mirrors the old Yugoslavia under Tito who was the glue that held that country together. Now, the same idiot Neocons who pimped and hustled this disaster want us to get back into this quagmire that cost our country TRILLIONS of dollars.

    Obama should STAY OUT OF THIS CIVIL WAR. Let the Arab League handle their problems that we have created for them to please a bunch of war pimps who Reagan took under his wing when the Cold War was still hot, and the PNAC was set up after the Berlin Wall collasped.

  9. Remember the Iraqi journalist who threw the shoe at Bush? Anytime these blood gurgling chickenhawks spout their bovine excrement on what to do, this should be read back at them>

    This is the farewell kiss, you dog!
    This is from the widows, the orphans, those killed in Iraq.
    You are responsible for the death of thousands of Iraqis.

    – Iraqi Journalist, throwing one shoe, then another, at President George W. Bush, December 14, 2008

    Would they have a moment of morality on what they have done? I doubt it but at least the American people would.

  10. @djchefron, Bush make be dumb as a box of rocks but that man can duck a flying shoe like nobody I’ve ever seen.

  11. The Iraq invasion was a fuster cluck. And now the attitude of the world is the same as Pottery Barn:

    “You broke it, you own it.”

    Saddam Hussein was a ruthless dictator, but he kept all those factions in check. Much like Qaddafi did in Libya (which we screwed up too)

  12. Other liberals/dems/progressives like you and I were opposed to the invasion, buckeyewill, but we were called unpatriotic and told to sit down and shut up. Like Rev. Wright said, the chickens have come home to roost. He was condemned by the right for saying this, but he was exactly right. The damage the U.S. has done around the world is backfiring, and it’s backfiring in a big way. The invasion of Iraq destroyed what little stability existed in the region prior to 2003. We had no business invading Iraq. It has led to thousands of deaths and maimings, and the region is still in turmoil. It’s clear to me that the architects of the war in Iraq decided to ignore thousands of years of the history of Mesopotamia. If they’d studied the region’s history, they’d have known that it has always had political and economic unrest, and that “victory” is not a word any sane individual would dare use in referring to a conflict there. The Iraq war architects are now playing a frantic game of CYA.

  13. “Shia smesha Sunni phooy what’s the difference aint they all just mooslims” George Bush waxing about Iraq. SMDH

  14. Neocons want to back to Iraq for same reason they wanted to before– OIL. We are about to loose the oil to Kurds, ISIS, maybe even Iran, so get in there and kick ass in the name of Exxon.

  15. Right along with that creepy use of the term Homeland Security. Homeland was the term they used over and over in the Third Reich, and protecting it by expanding it.

  16. Just STFU Ms. Miller and go back under that rock you crawled out from.

    Reporter Who Was Wrong About Iraq: Stop Criticizing Those Who Were Wrong About Iraq

    Fox News contributor Judith Miller, whose reporting on Iraq’s weapons of mass turned out to be stunningly wrong, said Friday that the media has been too hard on other individuals whose pre-war pronouncements also turned out to be stunningly wrong.

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