There are several tragedies playing out as the Iraq war winds down. Well, as it winds down for us.
The first tragedy is the incredible loss of human life suffered on all sides.
Then, there's the tragedy of a great nation allowing itself to get bamboozled into a needless conflict, siphoning off its strength into a sand pit while the real threat lay elsewhere. Since there were no WMD, one is left to wonder as to the true reason. Maybe it really was "he tried to kill my daddy." Couldn't Bush, Rummy and Cheney have simply sent in a black-ops assassination squad to deal with that?
Not only did we spend gazillions and lose over 4,000 of our military (not to mention all the wounded), but we're leaving the place worse off for the average local than it was before, Saddam or no Saddam. Not to mention that Al Qaida is now a presence there.
Of course, all this is relegated to the inner pages now, because we're disengaging and the casualty level--that is, the American casualty level--is now negligible. Not for the Iraqis, of course, but we all know that Iraqi blood doesn't spur the kind of interest, ire or compassion that American blood does. Let' em cancel each other out, right?
Then, there's the loss to us of all the schools, hospitals, roads--you name it--that could have been built here in America with that money. There's all that debt our grandchildren wouldn't be saddled with.
And let's not forget how easily the American public and Congress were played. That's a moral tragedy we can all share the blame for. Except for those knee-jerk, unpatriotic war protesters. Remember them?