The Initial Cardinal Errors of the Iraq War
I’m republishing the following which was written and published on June 2008 for the browsers of Daring Thoughts.
By Con George-Kotzabasis
The cardinal errors of the Bush administration were (a) to “de-link” the war against Saddam from its original goal, i.e., to prevent the coupling of terrorists with rogue states which could provide the former with weapons of mass destruction, and indeed, in the near future with nuclear ones, and to apparently link it to the finding of the evanescent weapons of mass destruction. And once these weapons were not found the whole rationale of the war had collapsed in the eyes of the American public, who had supported fully and strongly, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, the original goal of the war, as expressed in the robust words of President Bush. And (b) the disbanding of the Iraqi army following the defeat of Saddam instead of making it an ally to the U.S. occupying power. Except of a small hardcore of supporters of Saddam, most of the generals and officers of the army with the defeat of Saddam were themselves liberated from the clutches, and of the fear they had, of Saddam and were prone to cooperate and work with the U.S. forces, for which they had great respect and would have been proud to be its allies on an equal footing. TheU.S. therefore had nothing to fear from this “liberated” army ofIraq once the dictator had fallen.
It was on the axis of these two great mistakes that whilst the war had been swiftly won the peace was only to be won until the appearance of General Petraeus, at the price of enormous sacrifices of lives and materiel between the two points, and with a serious blow to the reputation of the U.S. as a superpower that had defeated the might of the Soviet Union without firing a shot. With its imaginative and clever strategy of its “peaceful” superpower geopolitical competition with its deadly rival, that eventually brought the Soviet wall and polity collapsing in Berlin, a city that will go down in the annals of history as the burial ground of the two most diabolical regimes of our times, that of Hitler and Stalin.
I rest on my oars: Your turn now