Paul Krugman, a Nobel Laureate and New York Times Columnist, corrects the current BS circulating about the Iraq War, namely, that if only we had known in 2003 what we know now, we would have known invading Iraq was a bad idea. That’s pure BS because we did know then most of what we know now, and we invaded anyway.
Some of you may recall a video circulated by MoveOn.org in late 2002 that warned of, among other problems, sectarian civil war between Sunnis and Shiites if we removed Saddam Hussein. Even former Defense Secretary and Vice President Dick Cheney, asked why the elder George H.W. Bush did not invade Iraq, predicted that invading Iraq would cause it to fall apart.
Here are excerpts from Krugman’s essay, followed by a link to the full essay.
Excerpts from “Errors and Lies”
by Paul Krugman, New York Times, May 18, 2015
… Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago.
But many influential people … would prefer that we not have that discussion. … Yes, the narrative goes, we now know that invading Iraq was a terrible mistake, and it’s about time that everyone admits it. Now let’s move on.
Well, let’s not — because that’s a false narrative, and everyone who was involved in the debate over the war knows that it’s false. The Iraq war wasn’t an innocent mistake, a venture undertaken on the basis of intelligence that turned out to be wrong. America invaded Iraq because the Bush administration wanted a war. The public justifications for the invasion were nothing but pretexts, and falsified pretexts at that. We were … lied into war.
The fraudulence of the case for war was actually obvious even at the time: the ever-shifting arguments for an unchanging goal were a dead giveaway. So were the word games: the talk about W.M.D that conflated chemical weapons … with nukes, the constant insinuations that Iraq was somehow behind 9/11.
This was, in short, a war the White House wanted, and all of the supposed mistakes that, as Jeb puts it, “were made” by someone unnamed actually flowed from this underlying desire. …
We were lied into war.
So let’s get the Iraq story right. [The Iraq war]… was worse than a mistake, it was a crime.