Iraq War Lies, 13 Years Later
The NY Times editorial board has a good editorial about the Chilcot report of a deep investigation into how the UK decided to invade Iraq with the US. It is a particularly damning report, showing clearly how the leadership of the US and the UK quite deliberately lied about the reasons for the invasion, and noting the horrible disasters that have followed the invasion.
But the UK, at least, has faced the problem, investigated it, and reported to the public what it found. The US lacks this kind of courage. The US government is weak and unable to face any unpleasant truth, and the rot from that is doing great damage to our country.
Tony Blair himself cannot face the truth:
Mr. Blair’s critics are no doubt disappointed that in response to the Chilcot report, he has continued to defend his actions. “I believe we made the right decision and the world is better and safer as a result of it,” he said, which seems willfully blind to the current chaos in Iraq and beyond.
But the report enables us to take the measure of the man and look at the quality of his judgment: he’s a weak man and has poor judgment, and nothing will change that. He cannot recognize his flaws, so he cannot fix them.
The editorial concludes with the observation that the US government is incapable of doing such an investigation:
Though the United States was not the subject of the inquiry, it was the Bush administration that falsely sold and launched the invasion. There has been no comparable, comprehensive official inquiry in Washington by independent investigators into the origin and politics of the fateful decision to go to war. Years have passed, but the public, in the United States and abroad, still yearns for the full truth and deserves an American investigation on the scale of the 9/11 Commission.
Given the partisan divide in Washington, however, it is hard to believe a similar exercise would produce anything even remotely dispassionate or honest. And yet it is the United States, far more than Britain, that needs to understand how national policy can be hijacked by lies and ideology so that there’s less chance it will happen again.
Things are badly out of whack in our Federal government.