West Virginia: Two Republican mayors denounce invasion of Iraq Print E-mail

...... the equivalent of invading Mexico post-Pearl Harbor

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West Virginia -- Tuesday September 13 2005

Editorial
Mistake

Iraq war tragic

REMARKABLY, two West Virginia Republican mayors have denounced the Iraq war launched by Republican President George W. Bush - and one is backing a council resolution seeking withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, who fought in Vietnam, told reporter Paul Nyden that he wouldn't want his 16-year-old son "involved in this enterprise." He asked: "Is it really worth spending $150 million a day?" If America had a draft to obtain soldiers for Iraq, Jones said, "there would be blood in the streets."

South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb, who earned a Bronze Star in Vietnam combat, said "I am not sure what we are doing," because White House reasons for the war change each time a previous reason proves untrue.

He said that to invade Iraq in retaliation for the 9/11 terrorist attack - which had no connection to Iraq - "would have been like invading Mexico after Pearl Harbor."

Robb supports a proposed resolution by Council President Dayton Griffith which says the U.S. occupation "is serving to prolong the insurgency there" and "has led to greater instability." The resolution demands return of American soldiers by the end of this year.

In general, Americans have short attention spans. The devastation and government failures of Hurricane Katrina made the nation temporarily forget the nation?s other calamity.

However, it's now clear to all but the most warlike hawks that President Bush's invasion of Iraq was a blunder for America. Nearly 2,000 young Americans are dead, thousands more have been maimed for life, and taxpayers are stuck for $200 billion - all for a conflict that has no known purpose.

In the 1990s, Republicans allied to the Bush family began demanding an Iraq invasion. When they gained control of the White House in early 2001, they immediately launched secret preparations for the war. The historic terrorist strike on Sept. 11, 2001, had no connection to Iraq, but it roused American patriotism, which the administration manipulated to gain approval for its long-sought war.

Bush said Iraq possessed horror weapons, and was in league with fanatics who would use the weapons on America. False and false. There were no horror weapons, and no link to fanatics. The White House shifted grounds, saying the purpose of the war was to create a Muslim democracy. But that goal is fading among ceaseless bloodshed. The new Iraq seems headed for theocracy, with few rights for women.

The recent Shiite stampede tragedy in Baghdad, triggered by rumors of an impending Sunni suicide blast, was another indication of the chaos that reigns under the U.S. occupation.