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Iraq: an abuse of power

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008

A friend recently chided me, and many others like me, who refer to the war in Iraq as a mistake, and he's right.

Our invasion of Iraq and the war we've waged there against the Iraqi people aren't mistakes. They are examples of some of the most deliberate abuses of executive branch power in our nation's history.

Not to say that mistakes haven't been made in the prosecution of the war - or have they? Every move seems designed to leave the country in chaos. I guess if they were ever allowed to get their act together they'd do something stupid, like nationalize their oil.

Get caught stealing a car and you go to jail. Get caught stealing a democracy and you'll get lots of support because it's been going on for a long time. All you need is an enemy: Communists! Drug Dealers! Terrorists!

The War on Terror! Our insurgent founders must be rolling in their graves, as another George gleefully dismantles the last of the checks and balances that made this country the envy of the world.

The Iraq War is a crime, with far more victims than the 4,000 dead American soldiers. More than a million Iraqis may have died. Tens of thousands of our soldiers are injured physically and mentally. Millions of people have been displaced, and all the while our economy is being systematically looted of trillions of devalued American dollars as we pass on the debt for this war to our kids and grandkids.

But Dubya seems remarkably pleased with himself, especially for someone who in eight short years has wrecked our economy and debased our national integrity.

At least Dick Cheney knows better than to crack a smile. His former company, Kellogg, Brown and Root, has proved itself no friend to the American soldier.

Together they've accomplished something no one else on Earth could have - they've actually made Saddam Hussein look good.

They've also aided and abetted the enemy by giving Al Qaeda an ideal battlefield. The stain they've left on our national honor will take generations to wash away, and at what cost?

If we do not impeach these politicians and charge them with war crimes, then we are complicit in what they have done.

Jamison Paul

Juneau



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