Another shameful “landmark” in the war on Iraq.
We know today that President Bush decided to invade Iraq without evidence to support the use of force and well before Congress passed the resolution giving him the authority to do so – authority he did not even believe he needed – despite the Constitution which invests in the Congress the power to declare war. Twenty-three Senators voted against that resolution, and I was proud to be one of them.
We know today that the motivation for a plan to attack Iraq, hatched by a handful of political operatives, had taken hold within the White House even before 9/11, and without any connection to the war on terrorism that came later.
We know that the key public justifications for the war – to stop Saddam Hussein from developing nuclear weapons and supporting al Qaeda – were based on faulty intelligence and outright distortions and have been thoroughly discredited. United Nations weapons inspectors, who were dismissed by the White House as naïve and ineffective, turned out to have gathered far better information with a tiny fraction of the budget than our own intelligence agencies.
And we know that the insurgency is continuing to grow along with American casualties – 1,999 killed and at least 15,220 wounded, as of yesterday – despite the same old light at the end of the tunnel assertions and clichés by the White House and top officials in the Pentagon.
The sad but inescapable truth, which the President either does not see or refuses to believe or admit, is that the Iraqi insurgency has steadily grown, in part because of our presence there.