We Broke It, But We Don’t Have to Fix It

Daniel Pipes tries to wash the blood from his hands:

DANIEL PIPES: Well, I didn’t advocate pulling out altogether. I’m saying we should lessen, lower our sights, we should understand that we don’t control Iraq, cannot control Iraq, and that developments in Iraq are developments that are primarily made by the Iraqis.

And so if they fight each other they fight each other. I hope they don’t, I wish Iraq well, but I as a foreign policy analyst from the United States am not willing to take responsibility for what takes place in Iraq.

Nice. Four years ago, Pipes was writing pieces like this:

We Must Attack Saddam
[…]
Saddam Husayn poses no less of a threat to American and global security than Osama bin Laden, yet for more than a decade, Washington has jockeyed and yammered for the right moment, the right place, the right opportunity to depose him. The time for prevarication has passed. The time to attack is now. Saddam must be overthrown, and soon.

We did. In the process, thousands of American men and women, and tens of thousands of Iraqis, have died.

Further, thousands of tons of toxic depleted uranium have been used in Iraq beginning with the first Gulf War, through the Clinton years and up to the present day. We have poisoned Iraq (see graph below) and possibly the world with DU; radioactive dust from our weapons has been detected as far away as England.

More than half of the men and women who served in Gulf War I, over 350,000, are on permanent disability. God only knows how many of our military personnel in Iraq now will die prematurely, their lives stolen by the very weapons placed in their hands by men like Daniel Pipes.

And for what? If the Iraqi people have their way, Iraq may become Iran’s new best friend.

Now Daniel Pipes doesn’t want to take responsibility.

Tell that to our veterans, Mr. Pipes. Tell that to the mothers of Iraq.

Basra birth defects
Graph showing the rate per 1,000 births of congenital malformations observed at Basra University Hospital, Iraq.

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