None of our friends want to play with us anymore. . .
So much death, destruction, and cost. Maybe it needed to be done. Maybe it didn't. We've made all the arguments for and against: Freedom, a danger to our way of life, freeing the Iraqi people, creating democracy, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
Several tens of millions of people once under the thumb of a dictator are now not. That's good. Instead they live in an atmosphere of instability caused by the invading nations seeming forgetfulness of an actual exit plan. That's bad.
For those 25 million Iraqis who are now not under a totalitarian dictatorship, there are hundreds of millions more (if not more if you include China, which I probably should) that could benefit from a good-old fashioned regime change.
We still have not found the weapons. Those weapons that would reduce Tulsa or Lubbock or St. Louis or Birmingham into a smoking ruin---something Bush and his administration told us that would happen. If we did nothing. Maybe there were programs. Maybe they were thinking about programs.
In the time since, we've seen that Pakistan was doin' all of that. North Korea? Yea they've been doin' it too. North Korea allegedly has concentration camps.
We've seen our national discourse poisoned.
What have we spent over $100 billion dollars on? Something that will be with us, and divide us, for a long time to come. This makes me sad.