[Please excuse this all being in one paragraph...systems problem]Throughout history wars have been mostly caused by similar factors. These included territory, political failure, religion, travel routes, resources, greed. Each of these causes has risen or fallen in being a primary source for war. But in the 20th and 21st centuries, one of these factors seems to have risen in importance and causation. Greed seems to have become more prevalent in starting recent wars. Our horrible choice to invade Iraq was built on greed. And ignorance and greed have become a hallmark of too much of American foreign policy. We need look no farther than one of our former Vice Presidents, Dick Cheney. When he left Halliburton as CEO to become our Vice President, he was given a large pay-out. Halliburton took good care of Cheney, and now they expected Cheney to return the favor. He did in spades. One of the American corporations that had tremendous profit garnered from its participation in the War in Iraq was Halliburton. And Halliburton didn't even need a contract to do so. It was simply given money to do some dirty work for Bush-Cheney in Iraq. Disgusting. Not only did the Bush, Cheney, Perle, Rove, Rumsfeld, etc. sleazy group get us into the Iraq debacle, they now have the audacity to blame the Obama administration for the current mess there. If we had not made the horrible mistake of invading Iraq, there would be no mess. Period. Now the current right-wing in Congress is advocating for more military intervention in that quagmire. You don't need a vivid imagination to realize that some of the big right-wing supporters will benefit greatly from the war profits that will result ...again! Anyone with even an elementary knowledge of the history and situation in Iraq would have known from the beginning that you cannot simply inject your military might into Iraq [a non-nation, really] and expect it to suddenly become a unified, democratic nation. What fools would believe that? What dolts would believe that and put a "Mission Accomplished" sign on an American war ship and have President Bush stand underneath the sign and tell us democracy now prevails in Iraq? What we now have in Iraq is the result of the combination of circumstances that prevail in Washington, DC: greed and ignorance.
If you search for something that seeps into all facets of politics, you will find that denial plays a role from left to right. Each of us lives in our own little wonderland of denial. And so we accept or allow it in local, state, regional, and national politics. Washington, DC and Madison, WI breed denial in all things political, social, and economic.
While it was the sinister administration of men like G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of that gang that got us into the mess in Iraq, we continue to make mistakes. The war in Iraq was illegal and never should have happened. But our mishandling of things after we invaded Iraq continue to this day. There is no easy solution, but the bumbling in Washington, out of ignorance, continues.
Some years ago I often berated the invasion of Iraq by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and one of the most incompetent administrations in U.S. history. I expressed my opinion that anyone who knew anything about Iraq and its history would not have made the stupid mistakes that the U.S. made there in the first decade of the 21st century. . It was so obvious that anyone with even an elementary knowledge of that nation and region recognized the stupidity of U.S. actions.