Detritus wrote:Got it--Meade doesn't care about American soldiers dying in Iraq. I thought so, but I had to check.
What's more interesting is who
Meade chooses to quote here. Kanan Makiya is an Iraqi expat, who left Iraq in the late 1960s to study architecture in the US, then had a career in academia. He gained UK citizenship in 1982. He's a "close friend" of con-man Ahmed Chalabi, and was a prominent supporter of the war from the start.
Before the war, Makiya was quoted as saying "As I told the President on January 10th, I think [the troops] will be greeted with sweets and flowers in the first months and simply have very, very little doubts that that is the case."
When the US first occupied Iraq, Makiya was brought in to Iraq to represent Bush's "Coalition Provisional Authority" to the Iraqis. After a few years in Iraq he returned to the US (this may in part have been due to health problems, not just the rising tide of violence).
Ordinary Iraqis who still live in Baghdad rather than in Boston are much more skeptical about the war's benefits. It's certainly been a disaster for Iraq's once-large Christian minority
. Ordinary Shia and Sunni Arab Iraqis are also not convinced that their life is better. In fact, they mostly say that things are worse now than before the war
I think Kanan Makiya is basically a good guy. He justifiably hated Saddam Hussein and wanted Iraq to become a western-style, democratic society. I don't think his ideas about how to achieve
that were particularly good. There's a lengthy bio of him here
, if anyone wants to read it.
But ... it's not particularly remarkable that a prominent advocate of the Iraq war, and close buddy of Ahmed Chalabi, is latching on to the "Arab Spring" as a retroactive justification of the war.
What's more remarkable is that Meade would apparently believe that the "Arab Spring" justifies the war's cost to America (ultimately $6 trillion dollars
or so, and thousands of American lives lost and many more ruined).
Is there no better way
for the world's only superpower to promote freedom and democracy in the Mideast?
Meade apparently still supports the Iraq war (or, at least, he's unwilling to admit otherwise). That speaks volumes about his judgement, IMHO.