On February 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the United Nations to rally support for an invasion of Iraq.His presentation contained little substance and numerous obvious flaws, and the international community was unimpressed.
America’s mainstream media, however, declared it “compelling.”For a nation living in the ghostly shadow of the twin towers, the media’s Good Warmaking seal of approval was enough to keep that treasonous question — “why?” — relatively unheard. The costs — in lives, money, reputation, and more — of this war of whim are nearly incalculable.
This year’s fifth anniversary coincides with a Super Tuesday primary like no other. As Americans across the country go to the polls, a couple of hundred thousand American troops, contractors, and mercenaries are still stewing in America’s longest and most ill-conceived war.