Many of us knew at the time that this was a mistake of momentous proportions.
Yet even in the face of the Hans Blix final report telling us that there weren't any 'weapons of mass destruction' (WMD) stockpiles or programs in Iraq; and in spite of no evidence of connections between Saddam Hussein and al Qaida -- the Bush/Cheney administration started the war.
Eleven years later the immensity of that tragic bad judgement is still with us ... and will undoubtedly continue with the world for decades to come. Now this: Iraq Islamist insurgency - BBC - Thursday, June 12, 2014.
That the U.S. lost that war was evident with the installation al-Maliki as Prime Minister in 2006 and Bush/Cheney acceptance of an essentially Iranian client government in Iraq. Is anyone really surprised that Iraq's further decline has now brought on the potential for more civil war ... or will even lead to the takeover of that country by a genuinely militant Sunni regime?
The Abu Ghraib torture that brought such shame upon this nation, the lies, the hundreds and hundreds of billions of lost dollars, the corruption of 'private contractors', the graft for Cheney's Halliburton, the mass of civilian Iraqi deaths and impoverishment, the sectarian violence, the empowerment of Iran, the thousands and thousand of U.S. lives lost and physically and/or psychologically ruined, and the geopolitical upheavals that reverberate to this day -- these are the legacies of the Bush/Cheney unprovoked attack on Iraq.
At least the military forces of the United States are out of the Iraq quagmire.
Yet, still there are those fulminating today that these disastrous consequences of Bush/Cheney policy are somehow the fault of President Obama.
To them I say: I don't care how old or young you are, whether you are male or female -- form-up a volunteer brigade, load-up your precious guns and go over there and aid the Shi'ite government of Mr. al-Maliki and fight to preserve the skewed Bush/Cheney vision for Iraq and the Middle East.
What are you waiting for?
Or is all the whining and finger-pointing at Pres. Obama what you desperately need to try and exculpate yourselves for being cheerleaders for the greatest strategic blunder in U.S. history?
This is an important article recounting the history and facts of the case: remember, the U.S. withdrawal of forces from Iraq was negotiated and sealed by George W. Bush and al-Maliki; the Iraqi parliament rejected any further stipulation that any U.S. troops remain in Iraq.
After Mosul: If jihadists control Iraq, blame Nouri al-Maliki, not the United States. | Fred Kaplan/Slate