I am shocked at how stupid people are — especially smart people. The networks have had a busy few weeks selling Washington’s new war project in a very old part of the world: the Middle East.
On Monday afternoon, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gave an extensive interview with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In case you don’t remember, Blair was President George W. Bush’s lapdog. He led one of the few willing Western nations into Iraq during the invasion and the subsequent “occupation” of the country, which cost the United States more than $1 trillion and killed more than 3,500 American service members.
The 9/11 attack was not in itself enough of a justification to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iraq, so weapons of mass destruction and fears of an imminent attack by Iraq proved to be enough as the Bush administration trotted out expert after expert to testify how the United States was doomed unless Saddam Hussein was removed from power. Blair was one of their biggest advocates. And now he declares, with Winston Churchill-like confidence, that since he was a “leader” during wartime, people must listen to him as he and all the American neoconservatives declare that the United States and Britain must put “boots on the ground” to combat the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL).
The network news is selling the next planned blockbuster: “Iraq II, The Return to Baghdad.” Never mind that the original project was an abject failure and that the crisis that exists today is entirely the result of their actions of invading Iraq in 2003.
The audacity of people like Blair and former Vice President Dick Cheney is beyond my comprehension. The Telegraph reported:
The former Prime Minister said people should “appreciate” that he has learnt lessons through going to war in Iraq and listen to his thoughts on tackling Islamic State because they are “precisely” the same terrorist forces he battled during the conflict.
That sounds like someone asking business advice from Ken Lay, the former CEO of Enron who was also a George W. Bush friend. Lay faced fraud and conspiracy charges. Blair should face charges for his lies about the need to invade Iraq more than a decade ago. It seems that CEOs can go to jail where former Western political leaders go play golf or fish.
Who is really running the war show?
The stage is being set for another war tragedy worthy of Shakespeare. And I will bet anyone that within a year, the next U.S. war against either Iran or Syria will be underway. And whoever the real producers are, along with their stagehands, remains a mystery; but it is also clear that President Barack Obama and those in his administration are loyal actors willing to play this out regardless of the cost in lives and future debt. It is downright criminal and yet so many people will line up to watch this nonsense and then wonder afterward why they paid for the ticket.
Of course, the answer is the military-industrial complex and has been — ever since it sealed the fate of John F. Kennedy.