12/10/16

"Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq"




Outstanding read. The flag-waving super patriots won't like it. It reads like William Shawcross' "Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of Cambodia" and Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie." There is no country-western all-American tear jerkery in it.
But it rings true. Political arrogance and ignorance, the stuff that has driven our wars since WWII, abounds. And like lemmings, Americans follow the flag-wavers over the cliff. Except, of course, the flag-wavers do not go over the cliff ... they all retire comfortably or move on to other positions of power, leaving families to bury their own, clutching a folded flag from 'a grateful nation.'
"It is a tragedy in which every major player contributed to the errors, but in which the heroes tend to be anonymous and relatively powerless -- the front-line American soldier doing his best in a difficult situation; the Iraqi civilian trying to care for a family amid chaos and violence. They are the people who pay every day with blood and tears for the failures of high officials and powerful institutions."
This has nothing to do with Hilary and/or Benghazi, which are chicken feed in comparison to the betrayal through incompetence and arrogance of America's armed forces.