Columnist Richard Greene pleads that we stop blaming G.W. Bush for the Iraq war.
Since Bush was to blame, many of us won’t stop.
It was a “dumb war” not just because we attacked a sovereign country, not just because the war killed thousands of people, and not just because of the waste of money and material resources.
It was a “dumb war” because the U.S. was already in one questionable war and we didn’t have the resources or focus to succeed in two wars.
Whatever Saddam Hussein’s shortcomings, our prior experience with Vietnam, Afghanistan and even the American Revolution should have taught us that you don’t win long-term wars against local patriots.
Although many of both U.S. political parties agreed, Bush is to blame because he championed a war based on misinformation and his “We’ll teach them” bravado .
Even worse, not only did we fail but as recent events continue to prove, we have made things much worse than they were previously.
We should not have broken a country if we did not have a viable plan to fix it.
What’s done is done, but don’t try to absolve the truly guilty.