America’s Great Shame

by lizard

At 10 years since the launch of Operation Iraqi Liberation (to use the original name with the appropriate acronym, OIL) and over 22 years since Operation Desert Storm, there is little evidence that any significant number of people in the United States have a realistic idea of what our government has done to the people of Iraq, or of how these actions compare to other horrors of world history. A majority of Americans believe the war since 2003 has hurt the United States but benefitted Iraq. A plurality of Americans believe, not only that Iraqis should be grateful, but that Iraqis are in fact grateful.

Iraq War Among World’s Worst Events

Since 2011 the U.S. has been expanding the CIA’s role in Iraq as radical Syrian rebels threaten the border region, according to Adam Entous, Julian Barnes, and Siobhan Gorman of The Wall Street Journal.

Officals told WSJ that the agency provides support to Iraq’s Counterterrorism Service (CTS) — comprised of SWAT-like units and U.S.-trained Iraqi special forces — which reports directly to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

CIA Effort In Iraq Places US Spooks On Syria’s Three Largest Borders

Will we ever get it?


  1. Thanks for linking the Counterpunch article. I’ve been painfully aware of all those facts the writer enumerated, but it’s even more painful to grasp how few Americans understand the carnage we’ve caused and the scope of the negative effects on our own country.

    • lizard19

      Morning Joe had an Iraq vet on this morning, talking about women in Iraq voting, saying that despite the lies justifying invading, occupying, and destroying Iraq, giving women to vote is why he feels good about the Iraq war. I imagine soldiers have to tell themselves some good came from this horrendous debacle where over a million Iraqis have been slaughtered, and basic services still languish for tens of millions.

      • Who was he? I heard an Iraq war veteran, Koby Langley, talk about this on “Up” with Chris Hayes on Sunday. Callous or clueless I thought of him repeating how “distressing” it has been for him and other soldiers and for the American people to hear all this bad news. How “distressing ” it was for him to have to negotiate a $2500 settlement with an Iraqi uncle for the death of his nephew. Thank goodness that Hayes also had on Raed Jarrar whom I had the privilege of interviewing twice on my radio show. Raed is an Iraqi architect and critic of the war. He came down hard on this guy for his “distress”. What about Iraqi distress. He also said that we should not be debating “how” differently we should have handled this invasion but “whether the US should be in the business of nation building at all. I have never seen a more clear example of American hubris and tunnel vision and downright narcissism as I did with this soldier. It more than ‘distressed’ me. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/46979738/#51214795

        • lizard19

          not sure, but he had some serious looking burn scars on his face.

  2. Got this a minute ago from Bob Scheer’s site, Truthdig

    The Last Letter: A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

    Dear Readers,

    Last week, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges introduced you to wounded veteran Tomas Young, who was paralyzed in Iraq and is currently in hospice care, in his March 10 column “The Crucifixion of Tomas Young.” On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Truthdig has published a heartbreaking open letter penned by Young to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney that serves as an incredible indictment of the Bush administration. In “Last Letter,” Young writes:

    “I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans — my fellow veterans — whose future you stole.”

    You can read the rest of Young’s powerful letter, which is part Truthdig’s ongoing dig about America’s forgotten wounded Iraq War veterans, by clicking here.

    Sincerely,
    The Truthdig Team




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