2005 Iraq War Justifications Revisited

Nearly nine years ago, I wrote a post on this blog criticizing a letter to the editor I read that justified the 2.5 years we’d spent blowing up Iraq while losing 1,914 American soldiers’ lives (at the time). That post was about the continually evolving justifications for the war that didn’t need to be fought in the first place.

I don’t get around to reading blog posts from 2005 that often, so it’s interesting to see if what I was thinking then has stood the test of time or not.

In this case, a letter to the editor writer, Duke Trana, seemed to be justifying the continued losses of American soldiers’ lives on the Pottery Barn Rule. Obviously, if you never walked into Pottery Barn in the first place, you wouldn’t have to deal with the consequences of breaking things in their store (no, that’s not really their policy).

But, what’s most interesting about this case is that the letter to the editor writer, Duke Trana, popped back up with his own opinion on his letter from nearly nine years ago:

Oh look! Obama pulled out of Iraq and they are falling into civil war….DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is exactly what I wanted to point out almost 10 years ago, Ed.

The current president has been trying to get us out of a mess that the previous president justified based on a series of lies to Americans. Things already weren’t going well due to the hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives spent by George W Bush fighting a war that didn’t need to be fought in the first place. It turns out that paying for Pottery Barn breakage isn’t cheap, and the costs don’t stop when you leave office.

At this point, I decided to determine whether the person I picked on nearly 9 years ago was a rational human being.

It seems like both the downfall and rise have been overblown. And, gay marriage seems to have done quite well since October 2012.

Or, this one from 2010:

No problem. Just let oil continue to spill into the Gulf of Mexico. That beats providing health insurance to a larger percentage of Americans.

Or this one, where apparently foreign countries deserve lenience when polluting American waters:

It turns out that responsible oil drilling – at any cost – is a big no-no for Duke:

Apparently, over-regulating involves regulating industries to a degree where people aren’t killed in the line of work. That’s burdensome.

And then there’s this:

And this:

Duke Trana is a self-described FOX News consumer. Still, it’s surprising how well he seems to fit Roger Ailes’ audience profile. I suppose it saves time if one can solve all of one’s irrational fantasies in one place.

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