For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all Parties
to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history.
Sir Winston Churchill
Speech in the House of Commons (January 23, 1948)
Yesterday, heeding Winston Churchill's advice, former SecDef Donald Rumsfeld, on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, continued rewriting its history. Or tried to do so. Little needs saying here about how ludicrous his account is, and that of other co-conspirators as well, especially Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz. As President, poor Dubya never grasped what happened, to his country, to his legacy, to him. In 2008, taking his leave from the White House, he revealed his "biggest regret" was the "intelligence failure in Iraq," and concluded with this, "I wish the intelligence had been different, I guess." [Italics added] "I guess"? That's as much a baffling thought as it is clueless - he could have received good intel only by, among other things, cashiering Donald Rumsfeld, the man who now, ten years later, demands respect and appreciation.
Here's Rummy's Iraq Invasion Day tweet:
10 years ago began the long, difficult work of liberating 25 mil Iraqis
All who played a role in history deserve our respect & appreciation.
The liberation claim. Well, early on we all knew that "liberating the Iraqi people" was a trivial concern for the likes of Rumsfeld. His consistent callousness about Iraqis after the invasion was proof enough, and the failure to even plan for a ...