The Post-Gazette’s June 13 article “Iraq Close to Coming Apart” animates exactly what I predicted from the beginning of the Bush war. The unholy alliance — Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld — concluded that it would take a war to get George W. Bush re-elected. Ergo, start up a war in Iraq and Mr. Bush could brag about being a war president. Indeed, it worked, and Mr. Bush did get another term, notwithstanding that he precipated the great recession — tax breaks for the richest, unregulated Wall Street banks and subprime loans, all of which contributed to the collapse.
From ancient times, the Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites were warring factions and still are. Realistically we have accomplished nothing with the contrived wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The war in Iraq has cost this country approximately $770 billion. More important, thousands of young lives have been lost and others wounded in body and mind. The latter will need continuous medical treatment.
Now, let the political wars begin. The GOP has leaped upon this and is making a political donnybrook out of it. They have accused President Barack Obama of moving at a snail’s pace against the Islamic militant group threatening to overturn the Iraqi government. Our president is weighing options, and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is quoted as saying, “You have an al-Qaida army on the move.” Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wants the United States to do more to save Iraq.
We are now realizing the predictable consequences of the Bush wars.
HERMAN J. BIGI