Today is the 12th anniversary of the event that led to the creation of this blog, which was originally called Today in Iraq. That is of course the U.S. invasion of Iraq. This is how George W. Bush justified his action on that day:
Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly, yet our purpose is sure. The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.As we now know, these statements were lies. The inestimable Bill, at Daily Kos, provides a small sample of the lies that propelled the U.S. into an illegal war of aggression, a disaster for Iraq, the region, and our own nation, with horrific repercussions that are still metastasizing.
We will meet that threat now with our Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of firefighters and police and doctors on the streets of our cities.
I probably should not be surprised that I find absolutely no mention of this anniversary anywhere in the corporate media. Think Progress, at least, posted a timeline of the war two days ago and has updated the post today. Lest we forget? We already have.