Sunday, February 20, 2005

Playing with HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank)

The Mudville Gazette has a post of an interview between a journalist (Jules Crittenden of the Boston Herald) and Milblogger discussing the attack on the Palestine Hotel during the US assault on Baghdad.

The post also contains a substantial excerpt from David Zucchino of the LA Times' book Thunder Run.

This is in the context of the Eason Jordan affair, in case you missed this:

On January 27, 2005, Jordan claimed that American troops are targeting journalists in Iraq. The charges were said to have been made during the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He has since backtracked from the statement. Tapes of the event are being withheld from the public. |Link|

I am not inclined to believe that the US military had intentionally been killing journalists, but I would not totally discount the possibility. I'm not going to take a stand for or against what Mr. Jordan said, but I think the Mudville Gazette piece does show the insanity of war and the inherent dangers of military action.

That is why as citizens, we must demand honesty and accountability of our political leadership on the rationale for war. I do not beleive this administration was forthright about the reasons for the war or the cost in human life, treasury, infrastructure, opportunity cost, and human misery involved in the war.

Remember how the oil revenues were supposed to pay for the war? Pipe dreams....

I think Iraq was an elective war and a huge gamble. It may pay off and provide more security in the Middle East in the long run. I am encouraged by the movement on the Israeli-Palestinian matter and I'm glad Libya gave up its nukes. But there's still a lot of uncertainty around Iran and Syria and the fate of Iraq. And then there's Turkey and the whole Kurdish nation issue festering. Bush's Iraq adventure may just turn into the end of the world as we know it. Stay tuned for more details.

But terrible accidents happen in war fairly frequently and that is why war must be the very last option for our Republic, and never the first option.

Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) was interviewed on NPR recently and he stated that this administration had avoided the hard work of rooting out terrorists and instead taken the easy route of just invading an unpopular Arab country.

Nota bene: I searched NPR's site, but I don't think the interview made the archive. Too bad, because he's a very thoughtful analyst.

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