Do you not remember that the death of 3000 in 9/11 brought us great sympathy world wide, and that this moral capital, which might have helped us lead a real war on terror, was squandered not against an actual terrorist group, or Nation well known for sponsoring terror, but against a place the neo-cons had years before picked as the place for American Empire building and regional domination?
Did you not know that the process by which the elections in Iraq came about meant the death of 100,000 Iraqis, and the maiming of thousands and thousands more?
Do you not know that the folks voted into office there want to install a religious government, not a democracy, and that the people who were elected are expected to want the U.S. completely out of Iraq, including the four permanent bases we have been building there, about which the press says nothing? Do you think our empire building neo-cons are going to let this "elected" government have real power?
Do you not know that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan were "authorized" by an extra-constitutional process, which has yet to be tested in Court?
Do you not know that the Constitution requires the Legislative Branch to declare war, precisely because the Founders did not want the Executive Branch to have such power, and that the War Powers Act, which let the Republican controlled congress, and the idiot Democrats, fearful of being called unpatriotic, try to transfer that judgmental responsibility to the Executive Branch, is completely in violation of one of the most fundamental aspects of the Separation of Powers?
Do you not understand that when a Nation and a People are called to War, it should be an unquestionable necessity, such that on the Day of Declaration of War thousands would volunteer to join in the fight?
Do you not remember that we had to be sold this War like so much over-ripe cheese the grocer needed to get ride of?
Do you not remember that every time the Administration's reasons for War became falsified, they invented a new one?
Do you not know that the news networks don't tell us what is really going on and that the Administration has lied over and over again about the real reasons for the War?
Do you not remember how bitter was this last election, and how divided the American People are?
All this lying, all this abuse of the Constitution, all the violations of the Bill of Rights, all the killing of Iraqis and Americans and Afghanistanies - all the horrible means which brought us to this election and situation have - these means have themselves consequences far beyond the illusory and fantastic claim that we have installed democracy in a Nation on the verge of Civil War, with no end in sight of its devastation, and every indication it will try to right itself by becoming another religious dominated Islamic Nation.
We have paid, and will pay, a terrible price for something which might well have come in other more healthy and less destructive ways, for the benefit of the Iraqi People and for our own healthy sense of meaning and unity.
The war was the vanity folly of the few, who have visited on the many the most terrible consequences, which no one would have agreed to in advance, if given the opportunity. History will view this administration as one of the most incompetent and destructive ever, in spite of all the bull being spread in the meantime.