View Full Version : Benghazi vs. Iraq

David G
01-18-2016, 05:28 PM

I donít understand the disproportionate focus on a half day in Benghazi vs. more than a decade in Iraq.
When people say they just the facts, I think: We still donít know when the decision was made to invade Iraq, or who was involved. We still donít know why the intelligence was so warped. We donít even know how many Americans died in Iraq, because there has been very shoddy record-keeping on contractorsí deaths.

Yet some people, many of them in Congress, keep on calling for more info about Benghazi. What am I missing?
I asked some smart friends recently. One, retired Army Col. Charles Krohn (http://foreignpolicy.com/2011/02/10/the-bd-bookshelf-an-army-battalion-cut-off-and-unsupported-during-tet-68/), wrote back that:

Tom, itís easier to understand the simple (Benghazi) than the complicated (Iraq). On the scale of misleading the Republic into acting against its best interests, however, Iraq is a million times more shocking, exactly as you suggest.
Thereís another issue, somewhat sensitive. A lot of us (me included) supported the war in Iraq because we believed the WMD argument, especially after Colin Powell embraced it. So itís a trifle embarrassing for the masses to acknowledge we were manipulated. For those who lost life or limb,embarrassing is hardly an appropriate expression.

Thatís disturbing.

In other Iraq news, the 101st Airborne is preparing to re-enact its 2003 capture (http://www.stripes.com/carter-to-army-s-101st-you-will-prepare-iraqis-to-retake-mosul-1.388603) of the city of Mosul. A good way to observe the 25-year mark on our war in Iraq (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUttCk0L8Zw&feature=youtu.be).

01-18-2016, 05:31 PM
25 years eh? Only another 75 to go to break the record.

And as for ever holding the Cheney administration responsible for anything……………. forget it.

S.V. Airlie
01-18-2016, 05:53 PM
Ah, a gov. official died. Correct me if I'm wrong, the Ambassador. That's the difference. If it was just four gi joes killed, no one would remember.