Yet there’s still some serious incomprehension about what actually happened.
From AmericaBlog, a strong supporter of Democrats
America is a full partner in a brutal religious and ethnic civil war. All because our president is an idiot, and 51% of our fellow Americans voted for that idiot a second time.
Lots of Democrats voted for and supported the war. It is delusional to pretend it’s all the fault of George Bush. And the precipitating event for the civil war was the invasion, based on lies, by the U.S., if it actually is a civil war.
Michael Moore, in an otherwise impassioned and on-target letter, jumps the track bizarrely, blaming Iraqis for not fighting back against Saddam, like that has anything to do with the U.S. invasion.
The one way that DOESN’T work is to invade a country and tell the people, “We are here to liberate you!” — when they have done NOTHING to liberate themselves.
But the invasion had nothing to do with liberating Iraq – and Moore knows that. Yet he’s saying the U.S. was their to ‘liberate’ and then gives Iraqis a gratuitous kick in the teeth. Like it’s their fault. How paternalistic (and imperialistic) of him.
Both AmericaBlog and Moore are strongly opposed to the war. Yet both suffer from the underlying assumption that the U.S. somehow needs to be there, or make amends, or be a player in the process, not understanding that events have moved beyond that. The U.S. no longer controls much of anything in the Middle East.
Before the invasion, Pat Buchanan said, “this will be the end of American empire.” That’s what we’re seeing.