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Some People Never Learn

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In Bob Woodward's new book about the Bush administration, Condoleezza Rice hastens to remind us just how blind and stupid they have been, no doubt to make sure that no one in his or her right mind could possibly pull that "Republican" lever in the voting booth this November or ever again. The precise quote is, "There are a lot of things if I could go back and do them differently, I would. But the one I would not do differently is, we should have liberated Iraq. I'd do it a thousand times again. I'd do it a thousand times again."

Condi! You have not liberated Iraq! You have destroyed Iraq and murdered hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children! You have nurtured a civil war for your own purposes and you have done so both cynically and incompetently!

A thousand times. Well, that's 4.1 million American deaths that Condi thinks would be worth it to pursue her policies in Iraq. That's 4 quadrillion dollars she would spend all over again to get rid of one of many dictators around the world (and one that we nurtured for years). That's ten million dead Iraqis (conservatively) and 4.7 billion Iraqis displaced and homeless. That's $4,000 per gallon gas! That's five thousand years of war! Cheap at the price, Condi would say in order not to repent her sins, but what have we gotten for it?

A Recession!

A broken military!

A President universally scorned!

An ongoing culture war!

A Constitution shredded!

Thanks, Condi, your conscience is clear.