Why Did the US Invade Iraq? The Answer in 2014January 13 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds
Reports of Al-Qaeda linked fighters taking over the Iraqi city of Fallujah have prompted a lot of media coverage about the US sacrifice there. In the process, the history of the war is being dramatically rewritten.Â
There is a worrying new sign that Al-Qaeda is on the March in two countries cracked by war. One of them Iraq, where so many brave American troops fought to create a future.
So that‘s what the Iraq War was aboutâ€“creatingÂ a future? ABC correspondent Terry Moran continued that theme, explaining that “after a decade of US-led war to plant democracy in Iraq, much of Fallujah has now fallen to Al-Qaeda.”
So the war was a democracy-planting mission, and one that’s apparently gone awry. Moran went on:
Al-Qaeda’s takeover of Fallujah brings back bitter memories for Americans. It was here in 2004 that US Marines fought a ferocious, house-to-house battle against Iraqi insurgents. More than 100 Marines gave their lives to pacify the city and hundreds more were injured.Â
As I’ve noted elsewhere (FAIR Blog, 1/6/14), this memory of Fallujah as a place where mostly Americans suffered does serious damage to the historical record. Fallujah was the site of two massive attacks by the US military, where an untold number of civiliansâ€“hundreds if not thousandsâ€“were killed. That recordâ€“which included the use of cluster bombs and white phosphorus chemicalsâ€“is not one media are keen to remember.
It’s not just ABC; Time magazine’s Aryn Baker (1/20/14) explained that it was Fallujah where
US forces redeemed the possibility of a peaceful Iraq, fighting house to house, up close and personal, in a costly but successful effort to clear the city of insurgents and make it safe for handover to Iraqi government forces.
So at the 10-year mark, some reporters recall Fallujah as a place where US forces “redeemed the possibility of peaceful Iraq,” and the Iraq War as a noble effort to “plant democracy.” It boggles the mind what they’ll be telling us about the Iraq War in 2024.