I don't agree that promises made to the Kurds by people who weren't authorized to "declare war," which is what their promises amounted to, could or should ever commit this nation to going to war.
We don't disagree so much. (What should have happened was, heads at CIA ... or whover gave the orders to CIA...should have rolled. They shouldn't have gotten away with what happened in 1996.)
They shouldn't but they did; Democratic Sen Bob Kerrey, in that context, at that time (Mar 2003)was telegraphing the reason for his support of the Iraqi invasion. He didn't mention revenge for Pappy Bush assassination attempts, going after Iraqi oil, or revenge for 9/11, or any of the other pablum fed to America. So what was once commitments that were not made by you and I, without our consent or knowledge, become commitments that we tolerated, made by our political leaders, without consequence for making them in such a weasely fashion.
But in our representative form of government, what role was Bob Kerry in when he learned what he learned about this, on our behalf? As then vice chairmen the Senate Intelligence Committee(served as vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee from 1995 to 1999, not in 2003, how is it he learned what we were doing in Iraq in 1996? Was it after the fact of its doing? Or before? And if so, what was he told, what was he promised? Did elected representatives of our government actually put in place, as a policy, "Let's encourage the Kurds to revolt by telling them lies-- that America will have their back-- and see what happens when we then do nothing? Because maybe they will win. And if they don't, they lose, and who gives a shit? They are Kurds."
And do we, hearing about this, just say "They shouldn't have believed those men who had no authority but were funded and paid for by Americans by way of their elected officials and doing the People's Business in Iraq. Dont those dumbass Kurds know not to trust Americans, because that is the kind of thing that is in America's long term interests, which is, fucking over every loose swinging dick in the world?"
We can disagree by saying we don't believe Sen Bob Kerry when he says what he says this nation once did. What we can't do is hear it, ignore it, and blink it away without weighing in on it. By doing so, we defacto tolerate it, accept it, and are complicit. If you believe Bob Kerry, then what happened on the ground in 1996 in this nation's name can't be tolerated as acceptable. Such crap is the foundation not only of the senseless death and harm of thousands of Kurds, but all that followed. If you believe Kerry was not telling the truth, then moot, but ... cui bono? He risked going to jail by saying what he said, where he said it. And nothing happened, because to make more out of that would have put national focus on it..
The covert command that encouraged making those commitments in this nations name need to be held accountable. Was it the operators in the field, acting rogue? Or were they handed their orders? Was the CIA acting rogue? Or was the CIA executing national policy? Set by who? It wasn't you and me.
No. Nothing was done. Nothing. Even after the nation became aware of it. So like it or not, that nationally tolerated action did create a national debt of honor, accepted after the fact without consequences-- no matter how many fringe individuals do not support and do condemn the acts on the ground in 1996. The nation did not, and we, as individuals who still benefit from, have not withdrawn our support from this nation, must accept the national consequences and shame of that which we continue to support, as a nation.
Just one example of many of lurches by this government that this nation tolerates, without much question at all. Few cranks, that's it. This nation is earning its Benghazigates, because it is the same fundamental issue of what we tolerate by government in our name. There are never any heads on pikes to wave off the next petty schemers.
The problem is not that we are world policemen; the problem is, we aren't policing our own government being world policemen.
We were for sure world policemen in WWII. It gave the world a few more years of freedom. Not many.
There is nothing left of America, to speak of. Not sure what we are talking about these days.