Iraq invasion casts
a long, dark shadow
Secretary of State John Kerry is caught in a bind over Ukraine.
With the world on tenterhooks as the old cold war foes face down over Ukraine, the US is caught in a bind.
Almost the entire planet knows this country invaded Iraq almost 14 years ago on false pretenses.
This week we were treated to the international spectacle of no less than Secretary of State John Kerry accusing Russia of doing the same in Ukraine.
What is a poor superpower to do when it no longer has any moral authority?
The protests of the right-wing noise machine notwithstanding, the US just does not have a leg to stand on.
To whit: In The New York Times report of March 4, Kerry Takes Offer of Aid to Ukraine and Pushes Back at Russian Claims the secretary is quoted as saying:
The New York Times story quoting Kerry on Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
“It is not appropriate to invade a country and at the end of a barrel of a gun dictate what you are trying to achieve,” Mr. Kerry said. “That is not 21st-century, G-8, major-nation behavior.”
How short his memory must be.
It was October 2002 when the US Senate, with the support of 29 Democrats, approved the resolution enabling the invasion of Iraq six months later.
Even then-Secretary of State Colin Powell rues the day he stood before the United Nations in February 2003 with his power point proving nothing.
Where were the weapons of mass destruction?
The foreign media is having a field day with the current tut-tutting of US officials.
Russia’s semi-official Russia Today on March 6 trumpeted the cringe-inducing headline Russia hits back at US ‘barefaced cynicism and double standards’ over Ukraine
“The United States has “no moral right” to lecture about observing international laws and respecting the sovereignty of other states, it quoted foreign ministry spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich.
“What about the bombing of former Yugoslavia or the invasion of Iraq over a fabricated cause?” Lukashevich pointed out.
It was almost inevitable the time would come when the long, dark shadow of George W. Bush’s disastrous misadventure abroad would come back to haunt the US.
It has, and will continue to do so.
It is unfortunate in the extreme, but there is not much anyone can do to change history.
Let us hope the wise man (there is some disagreement) who coined the phrase “those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it” is wrong. We cannot forget. The whole world is reminding us, again.