Mission Accomplished.

Posted: 1 September 2010 in human rights, obamanation, republicans, terrorism, war

Obama didn’t say “mission accomplished,” but he did say that our troops completed every task asked of them in Iraq, which would indicate that they accomplished the mission that they were sent there to do.

Saddam Hussein was a very bad man. He was a murderous thug who repressed political opponents and other people he didn’t like using methods that get you sent to The Hague if you don’t happen to have a nuclear arsenal at your disposal. That being said, Saddam Hussein got the trains to run on time, if by “the trains” you mean “relative stability in the region” and by “run on time” you mean “not degenerate into an Iranian wonderland.”

Baathist Iraq was a functional country. Despite embargoes and sanctions, it was relatively westernized, had infrastructure reminiscent of a first-world country, had relative religious and personal freedom, was not a haven for terrorists, and was actually not being aggressive to its neighbors, at least in the last decade.

Of course, that was so 2003. Since then, Iraq has lost about 3% of its population to violence or the complete eradication of most of its infrastructure. Just because Arabs live in the Middle East does not mean that they can survive without food, potable water, or with no air conditioning in 120° heat. Additionally, around 15% of the population has been displaced, either over the border into Syria or scattered internally to where it is “safer.” The country is a virtual playground for terrorists or those looking to settle age-old scores. Religious and personal freedom is at an all-time low. Additionally, what government exists is a laughable collection of squabbling enemies that make Congress look like a bunch of well-socialized kindergartners who’ve been told they’ll get cake if they share and play nice. It is by no means a threat to Iranian influence in the region (or even to the lack of indoor plumbing, for that matter). At best, it’s headed by an unelected puppet, at worst, large elements of it are actually working against internal stability.

And now, having gone after the Pottery Barn with a nine-iron, we’re tossing a few dollars at them and striding off through the mall, intent on getting a new rug from that neat little shop that sells hand-made stuff and smells of patchouli. Of course, our rug is backordered because we set fire to that place about 9 years ago and haven’t bothered to put it out yet.

So, to reiterate:

If the mission was destroying a relatively modern country and reducing it to a nightmarish death-hole that now has more ties to terrorism than it ever did in the past, then Mission Accomplished. If, however, the mission was to remove one tyrant from power, then Mission Way Not Accomplished, considering we could have done that 7 years ago for less than .01% of what we’ve spent so far.

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