After the towers fell there was a surge of hope across the land -- a sense of people working together, a sense of pride at the heroic responses of so many to the unspeakable horror that was 9/11.
Then all too quickly it began to unravel. Muslim Americans -- or anyone (Sikhs, for example) who looked like a Muslim to the ignorant were attacked. Our president and his puppet masters, after an excursion into Afghanistan to attack al Qaeda -- the terrorist organization led by a Saudi -- decided that we should go to war with Iraq -- in spite of the fact that the attack was perpetrated by Saudis, based in Afghanistan.
Anyone who wasn't with us -- like France -- was reviled. Remember Freedom Fries -- that embarrassing bit of jingoism?
Over 3,000 killed in the Towers and in DC. Almost 5,000 US deaths in Iraq. Plus about 32,000 wounded and another 47, 000 with medical problems of some sort. Not to mention the casualties among our allies.
And the Iraqi civilians -- those guys we were saving from Saddam? Well over 100, 000 died in the Iraqi War. (The numbers are hard to come by -- civilian deaths were notoriously under reported.)
And the ensuing instability has given rise to ISIS/ISIL . . .
Mission accomplished? Not exactly. Unless the mission was to enrich the Masters of War, the military/industrial complex Eisenhower warned against. Not unless the mission was to keep America in a perpetual state of fear and war so that Halliburton (under whatever name it is flourishing today) and others of its ilk can rake in profits while the veterans wait for care and benefits.
And this same contingent that were so convinced that an invasion of Iraq would be a walk in the park are doing their best to undermine an peaceful agreement with Iran. No, they'd rather go to war again.
When will we ever learn?