The Contrarian

“In the investment markets, what everyone knows is usually not worth knowing.”

The Road to Hell, CNN “America in Iraq”

CNN had a great documentary of the last war of Bush Jr. against Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein. There was no plan who was going to run Iraq after the US invasion, schools were closed, no garbage collection, no water, no sewer, no government. It was like the “Keystone Cops” taking over a country just because they had superior weapons, and then not knowing what to do. All the data on weapons of mass destruction was false or fabricate.

Those who are now eager to topple Assad in Syria once again have absolutely no plan what to do in the aftermath. Look at Libya after the US toppled Qaddaffi. It’s a battle ground of various terrorist groups, each one trying for control.

My iconoclastic view is that politicians should not be allowed to make war unless they are willing to lead the charge in the front lines and abandon their lush offices in the capital of their country.

A former member of the “Joint Chiefs”, now retired, told me after Donald Rumsfeld’s “shock and awe” bombing attack on Iraq that the estimate from his friends in Washington was that about 400,000 to 500,000 Iraqi civilians were killed during the US attacks. He said, that number of course will never be released because Americans would be abhorred.

Things in Washington haven’t changed, and it’s not a matter of political party. Who was the last president who was really capable of running the country, or a company, or any business of any size? You have to think very hard. Most of them have been at the public trough all their lives, or failures in whatever they did.

You can watch part on youtube: