Continuing my “what I’d do” about Iraq if I was King rant, and recognizing that anything we advocate is irrelevant. Like the Social Security debate, anything we put forward leaves us open to criticism and blame – but not to credit. One commenter wrote, “you know the President does not listen to anyone with a different opinion, giving him one enables him to shift the blame.”
I’m saying that the RIGHT solution is not to mess everything up and just “withdraw,” but to FIX IT. We should advocate that Bush either fix things or turn Iraq over to the UN and finance bringing in sufficient forces to restore stability, establish a government and justice system, AND finance the reconstruction. Not like this is what is going to happen.
Bush and the war-planners should be tried for war crimes. The Rule of Law demands this. They committed the crime of aggressive war, and the world needs to know that this is not tolerated.
Everyone in the chain of command of Guantanamo and Abu Grahib should be prosecuted for allowing the pattern of abuse of prisoners to occur.
And, finally, we need to change our country’s political, election and information systems so that a far-right coup can not happen again.
Oh yeah, one more thing. Everyone who voted for Bush should be sent to Iraq to keep the peace until the UN takes over. And THEY should be taxed to pay for fixing things.
Update – For new Seeing the Forest readers: Don’t misread my position as support for this war. I was completely, totally against invading Iraq from the moment it was first mentioned. I wrote from the start that it was clearly an illegal, immoral scam — lies intended to manipulate the public. It is from this position – that it was wrong to do what we did – that I believe we now have a responsibility to the people there, and to the world, to do what we can to fix things there. As I said, you don’t mess things up and then think “withdrawal” makes it right again. Unfortunately it was done “in our name” so it is us, you and me, who are responsible for the consequences. Just like the huge bill that’s coming for Bush’s tax cuts, trade deficit, housing bubble, etc. We’re the ones on the hook for it. And one thing we can do to help set things right is put the perpetrators in jail.