This is not new to me or a surprise to me, nor should it be to you. The Iraq War was not a necessary war, but a war of Bush's choice. A war that Bush will have to live with and wonder if it diminishes his already tawdry legacy.
Former U.S.-installed Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has denounced the policies of President George W. Bush as an "utter failure" that gave rise to the sectarian venom that ravaged his country.
In an interview published on Saturday in the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, Allawi found fault with American management of Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 as well as the government of present Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Even with the shifty al-Maliki in power, one has to question, "How long will Iraq last?" Sure, they indicate they want us out, but what will happen to this country that we spent and wasted billions of US dollars on. I know, well I feel I should care, but I don't. We wasted too much money, time and lives in a country that had NOTHING to do with the 9/11 attacks. We had a bush league president who took us irresponsibly into war and along with it destroyed this economy. I really am not feeling ANYTHING for Iraq right now. Nada, nothing, zilch.
"Yes, Bush's policies failed utterly," said Allawi, describing the U.S. administration that once backed him. "Utter failure. Failure of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, including fighting terrorism and economic policy."
"His insistence on names like 'democracy' and 'open elections', without giving attention to political stability, was a big mistake. It cast shadows on Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Egypt, and I believe this will be remembered in history as President Bush's policy," he said.
Many people echoed the same sentiments back THEN, well look where we are now. And Saddam Hussein? He was a terror, a walking killer, in my opinion, but there are many Napoleonic dictators running around this world as bad as or worse than Saddam, and I don't see us forcing our will on them.
"Ending Saddam's regime was essential, but replacing the Saddam regime with extreme chaos was not right," he said. "I did not imagine the political process would eat itself from inside or that it would abandon the rule of law and establish political sectarianism."
Iraq, what a wonderful state we created.