Only in America can making a gargantuan mistake be used to justify another gargantuan mistake.
WASHINGTON â€” President Bush says he has no doubts about launching the unpopular war in Iraq despite the “high cost in lives and treasure,” arguing that retreat now would embolden Iran and provide al-Qaida with money for weapons of mass destruction to attack the United States.[emphasis mine]
Bush is to mark the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on Wednesday with a speech at the Pentagon. Excerpts of his address were released Tuesday night by the White House.
At least 3,990 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the war in 2003. It has cost taxpayers about $500 billion and estimates of the final tab run far higher. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglizt and Harvard University public finance expert Linda Bilmes have estimated the eventual cost at $3 trillion when all the expenses, including long-term care for veterans, are calculated.
Our occupation of Iraq has allowed oil profits to support the insurgency.
Tankers are hijacked, drivers are bribed, papers are forged and meters are manipulated â€” and some of the earnings go to insurgents who are still killing more than 100 Iraqis a week.
â€œItâ€™s the money pit of the insurgency,â€ said Capt. Joe Da Silva, who commands several platoons stationed at the refinery.
Five years after the war in Iraq began, the insurgency remains a lethal force.
Still, Bush will beat the drum for another war on Iran and sacrifice more of our military on his failed fantastical mission. Meanwhile more generals are throwing up their hands and leaving the fray.