Monday, January 06, 2014
That the war in Iraq was a big mistake has been obvious for many years now, but in case anyone still doubts, the news a few days ago that al-Qaeda warriors have taken over large parts of the Sunni Arab parts of Iraq should disspell those doubts. The increased power of al-Qaeda that the ouster of Saddam Hussein's regime meant is ironic given how advocates of the war often framed this as a reponse to al-Qaeda's terrorist attacks on 9/11 2001, attacks that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with. The failure of the Iraq war is arguably one of most important reasons why Liz Cheney, felt compelled to withdraw from the Senate race in Wyoming as her father Dick Cheney was one of the most passionate supporters of the war within the Bush administration. Children should of course not be made responsible for their parents mistakes just because they're their offspring, but it is fair to make that association if they endorse the ideology behind these mistakes, and Liz has endorsed her father's neoconservative foreign policy ideology.