A decade of fighting, hundreds of thousands killed, and millions of resources lost. And now, the verdict is in: the devastating war on terror in Iraq was essentially a war on nothing.
According to the Chilcot report, the United Kingdom government’s official report on the decision to invade Iraq after September 11, we – the royal we, but more specifically America – have made a terrible, terrible mistake.
The report, released this month, concluded that Saddam Hussein posed no imminent threat to the West and that the war was avoidable.
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Worst still, it also predicted that following the war, “We should expect considerable anti-Western sentiment among a populace that has experienced ten years of sanctions.”
In other words, President George Bush invaded Iraq when it wasn’t called for, and all but decimated the country. This created fertile ground for those left behind – those feeling dispirited, disenchanted and overall devastated at what America had done – to get together and plot revenge against the west.
It took them seven years, $12 million and 2.6 million words to find compelling evidence of the fact that the ‘War on Terror’ was an absolute disaster in the making.
But did we really need such a pricey enquiry to confirm this?
Considering that Tony Blair was already expressing doubts about the war very early in the piece, these clearly aren’t new insights.
Tony Blair’s motivation to side with George Bush is discussed within the report, which touches on the fact that Blair’s unwavering support earned him the nickname of Bush’s Poodle.
Following the release of the Chilcot report, leaders in the UK have since admitted that the invasion into Iraq was premature and based on flawed intelligence.
It’s all well and good to know – but it’s a case of too little, too late now.
Bush has moved on. He’s like a toddler who walks into a toy shop, pushes over a lego tower, rips toys out of plastic and generally wreaks havoc, then walks out and leaves someone else to clean up the mess.
Globally, the fear of terrorism has never been higher than it is now.
George Bush made this mess, and now the entire world is trying to clean it up.