The End of A Bad War

W. the movieThe war in Iraq officially ended last week in a dreary speech by President Obama, a speech that hailed the war heroes, tepidly reviewed the results of the war campaign, and ended with a somber reflection on our economy.

If the speech left a taste in your mouth, it was not one to leave you salivating for more.

How do you triumphantly speak about a war with which you disagreed?

As I wrote in this letter to George Bush before the war, there were numerous reasons that I was against the war in Iraq from the outset.  In fact, it was one of the reasons why I voted for Barack Obama in the first place.

As we look back now on Obama’s Speech before the war, he foretells the exact debacle that would occur:

I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.

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Richard CummingsThe End of A Bad War