During my study for a M.A. in history, a major part of my work focused on the Middle East. I wrote a major paper on Western World imperialism in that area, including, of course, Iraq.
As soon as the neo-cons and their unenlightened-uninformed President Bush lied to Congress and the American people and invaded Iraq, I immediately wrote and spoke out strongly against it. Bush and the right-wing toy soldiers ignored any wisdom and history concerning Iraq, and ordered OTHER Americans to invade. How low can you go? Think of what the neocon lies have cost us. We now know that some of the neocon leaders had been planning to invade Iraq long before 9-11 occured.
On June 30, 2009 a new holiday was officially established in Iraq: the day the Americans relinquished their military control to the Iraqis. This change was scheduled by the Bush administration so they cannot blame what will happen on Obama ...but they will contrive some way to blame him.
The right-wingers told us we were liberating Iraq. Dick Cheney had said we would be celebrated by the Iraqi people as great liberators and that people would line the streets to cheer the invaders. Instead thousands of Americans lost their lives, the invasion plummeted the national budget into the mess we now have, and the people of Iraq instead cheer our preparation for leaving their country. There have been celebrations in the streets, a holiday established, festive fireworks, etc.
Hold on! Not so easy! The Bush administration's invasion and occupation in Iraq opened a can of worms that will result in a long-term disaster. Many dangers lie ahead. Shiia-Sunni-Kurd fighting, Arab-Kurd incompatability, factional sectarian infighting in the military and police, internal squabbling over oil, desire for an independent Kurdistan, greedy outside oil corporation interference, remaining terrorist violence, corrupt political leaders, divisional influence from Iran and Syria and the Saudis, unfamiliarity with democracy, old Baathist problems, old Red Guard problems, ad infinitum. All these and more conflicts were easily anticipated BEFORE we invaded Iraq. Unfortunately we had all those non-combatant "heroes" in the Bush administration with no experience concerning the area and what war meant, no sense of history, no idea about geo-politics, no realization about imperialism in Iraq and how the U.S. would be perceived, etc.
Now we have another long-standing mess created by the Bush administration to go with the economic mess left behind. The errors and stupidity of the neocons knows no bounds.