Here is an early look at the mentality and emotions that got us into Iraq:
On May 23, 2003 when I heard it announced that Paul Bremer issued "Order Number 2" firing the entire former Iraqi army, I asked a friend, “What are 400,000 former Iraqi soldiers out of work, with guns and without paychecks going to do in a country with 40% unemployment?"
We soon found out. Here we are ten years later; deeply in debt, our own army bloodied and tens of thousands of decent Americans with lives wrecked by injuries, mostly caused by IEDs. These IEDs were artillery shells, abandoned when unpaid Iraqi soldiers left their bases. Many of these ex and unpaid Iraqi soldiers became the insurgents against a bone-headed foreign invader.
Today, L. Paul Bremer, with a nice fat safe government pension is oil painting New England landscapes. Here is the level of his artistic talent not quite to the same standards as his tour of duty as “Viceroy of Iraq."
Prior political announcements about the Iraqi threat to the US:
Hat Tip: The Green Hornet
All The Best
THE ELEPHANT BAR IS CLOSED
I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.
My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.
At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.
An elephant never forgets.
Deuce, 21 June 2018