With the tenth anniversary of the
invasion of Iraq
it is clear to almost everyone, even past supporters, that the war was a
terrible mistake. It’s cost was horrendous, in the lives destroyed, both
American and Iraqi. Its monetary costs,
which pale beside the cost in human lives was huge. And the geo-political cost is still with
everyone. By removing a counter balance
to Iran in the region, the U. S. freed up Iran to become even more belligerent,
more dangerous and a stronger more determined foe.
But notice the response by one of the persons responsible for the war, Richard Perle to the question of whether or not the war was worth its costs.
Wednesday, Perle had the perfect answer to the inevitable question, posed by National Public Radio’s Renee Montagne.
|Former Pentagon adviser Richard Perle|
(Greg Wahl-Stephens - AP)
“When you think about this, was it worth it?” she asked.
“I’ve got to say,” Perle responded, “I think that is not a reasonable question. What we did at the time was done in the belief that it was necessary to protect this nation. You can’t a decade later go back and say, well, we shouldn’t have done that.”
Actually Mr. Perle, it is a reasonable question and you can after a decade later say we should not have done that. But we understand your reluctance to visit the issue. If we had the massive destruction the war caused on our conscience we would not want any one to raise the question either. So we understand, your lack of an answer is the only way you can live with yourself.