"Celebrating" the Anniversary of the Iraq War

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As of March 20, it's been eight years since we went into Iraq.

You may have missed the celebration, because the U.S. was busy getting involved in yet another conflict in the Middle East.

After trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives (and likely ten times that many lives of others), it's difficult to say what we've gained. I was not a supporter of the war. Bush's claims of WMDs seemed dubious at best; and linking Iraq and 9/11 was the height of crass manipulation. Saddam, while certainly evil, was also contained, and in no way a threat to Americans.

Yet there we are, and despite "the end of combat operations," it looks as if we'll be there for years to come. There's no real exit strategy, because we can't leave when things are going badly, and we can't leave when things are finally starting to get better.

On the plus side, it's a great time to be a defense contractor or an oil services company (or both if you are KBR)!

Cartoon originally published Sep. 5, 2005.

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The armed forces have recently been failing to meet recruitment goals. It could be because they've been told to stop using illegal recruiting methods. Or maybe it's because there's a freaking war going on. In any case, in order to meet their recruitment numbers, they've not only lowered their goals, they've lowered their standards. Truly.

Of course, as this cartoon shows, some things haven't changed.