Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Baghdad embassy siege, a predictable result after 16 years of failed war policy

Bush declares victory in Iraq in 2003.
It was 16 years ago that President George W. Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and declared, "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. It was, as former President Bill Clinton called it, "the latest, grandest example of the eternal struggle of former presidents to rewrite history." And the Clinton's, who supported the 2003 invasion, know a thing or two about that.

New Year's siege on Baghdad embassy.
Now, as night fell on the last day of 2019, U.S. embassy staffers were locked in a "safe" room with Trump calling on the Iraqi police to help protect them as the embassy in Baghdad was under siege by thousands of Iraqis chanting "Death to America", protesting the recent U.S. airstrike against Iranian-backed militia fighters in Iraq and demanding that all U.S. troops, including mercenaries ("contractors"), leave their country.

How the mighty have fallen. A predictable climax to a failed regime-change strategy that has transcended the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations, caused the deaths of millions and cost trillions. It's one that still holds sway in the White House and within the leadership of both political parties.


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