Writing in the conservative rag, The National Review, months before the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Goldberg paraphrased a statement which he attributed to Ledeen with reference to the interventionist US foreign policy.
“Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business,” Goldberg wrote, quoting Ledeen.
The long-term burden of paying for the conflicts will curtail the country’s ability to tackle other urgent problems…Our vast and growing indebtedness inevitably makes it harder to afford new health-care plans, make large-scale repairs to crumbling roads and bridges, or build better-equipped schools. Already, the escalating cost of the wars has crowded out spending on virtually all other discretionary federal programs, including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and federal aid to states and cities, all of which have been scaled back significantly since the invasion of Iraq.
You might have thought the media’s Bush-era peddlers of Middle East death and mayhem would be too humiliated to show their faces in public. Nope, they’re still here — and now they want war with Iran.
“None of the candidates who said they support keeping troops in Iraq were asked how they were going to pay for it.”
Two Iraq war veterans explain why Congress has failed to stop the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and say the United States needs to learn from its imperialist history if anything is going to change.
Source: The Liars that Led Us to War
“We simply cannot believe anything the Trump administration says—and neither can our allies.”
It is hard to believe that an imperialist gangster like Pompeo thinks he is an evangelical. Pompeo and Bolton as puppet gangsters of Israeli conspiracies to destroy one MIddle East country after another are lip/drool/smacking over the last holdout. A war with Iran could an Iraq on that holdout and essentially destroy it once and for all, long echoes of the 1954 CIA coup…
While Trump is withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, he is ramping up aggression against Iran — acting both less and more hawkish than his intelligence agencies. Trita Parsi says Washington is violating international law in its campaign to isolate and strangle Tehran…