Insurgents detonated bombs inside one of the Iraqi Shiite’s holiest shrines, destroying its gold dome, and leading to more than 90 reprisal attacks. The top US commander and ambassador promised that the US would pay to help rebuild the shrine.
Why? Why should US taxpayers continue to foot the bill for Iraqi-on-Iraqi violence? Or is this an implied admission that US policies have failed, leading to the current violence?
It is time to evaluate whether Iraq is in a civil war, with US forces hopelessly ensnared in the middle constituting convenient scapegoats for each side, bleeding the pockets of US taxpayers. Consider this chronology of news headlines:
January 22, 2004 – “CIA officers in Iraq are warning that the country may be on a path to civil war, current and former U.S. officials said Wednesday”
April 5, 2004 – “The Bush administration has received a warning from two senior senators that Iraq faces the possibility of civil war.”
December 28, 2004 – “Iraq faces the prospect of civil war as Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s government loses credibility and violence against U.S. forces increases, according to almost a half dozen former and serving administration officials.”
May 11, 2005 – “Seymour Hersh: Iraq ‘Moving Towards Open Civil War'”
July 10, 2005 – “Allawi: this is the start of civil war”
September 26, 2005 – “Behind the blood and chaos of the insurgents’ bombs, there is an undeclared civil war already underway in Iraq, between the Sunni minority who ruled this country under Saddam and the Shiite majority. ”
February 3, 2006 – ” Iraq’s Civil War Has Cost $3,000 Per US Family – So Far.”