Editor's Notes

We were right about the Iraq war and they were wrong. But have we learned a thing?

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tredmond@sfbg.com

EDITORS NOTES Ten years ago, we shut San Francisco down.

When George W. Bush gave the order to launch the invasion of Iraq, so many protesters hit the streets that it was impossible to do business. Market Street was closed. Tens of thousands of people didn't go to work. Some 2,300 people were arrested, held in warehouses at the piers because there was no way to fit them in the county jail.

It was an exhilarating week (although I spent much of it trying to get my reporters out of the clink; the SFPD wasn't paying much attention to press passes in the massive sweeps). It was a statement of how overwhelmingly this city was opposed to Bush's War. It was repeated in smaller versions all over the country.

And it didn't matter. Rep. Nancy Pelosi not only missed the antiwar rallies, she criticized us for costing the city money. A virtually unanimous Congress sides with Bush. Anyone who disputed the government line was branded as un-American.

And now we know the truth. It's hard to find a single credible person who argues that the Iraq War was a good idea. After nearly $2 trillion dollars wasted, 4,300 US soldiers dead, and at least 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed, nothing of value has been achieved. The new Iraq is not a reliable US ally in the Middle East. That nation is not stabilized; in fact, it's headed for civil war. There were no weapons of mass destruction.

Even if you want to be a pro-imperialist, US-interests-above-all type, you're still going to be disappointed -- American companies don't control Iraq's oil supply.

Ten years later, Bush is nowhere to be seen. He's hiding out, painting pictures of himself, living comfortably. His kids didn't die in the desert or come home with PTSD. He's not going to be on the hook for the debt.

And none of the leaders of the pro-war march is apologizing -- or even kinda, sorta admitting that they were terribly wrong. It's hard to find any major news media accounts saying that the protesters -- the ones who shut down San Francisco -- were absolutely right.

Paul Krugman, one of the few mainstream news media voices who recognized the folly of the war from the start, put it this way in his March 18, 2013 column:

"What we should have learned from the Iraq debacle was that you should always be skeptical and that you should never rely on supposed authority. If you hear that 'everyone' supports a policy, whether it's a war of choice or fiscal austerity, you should ask whether 'everyone' has been defined to exclude anyone expressing a different opinion."

So let's just take a moment now to reflect -- not only on the horrible human tragedy but the political lessons. Because we were right, and they were wrong -- and I just wish that for once, they'd admit it.

Comments

Jason Grant Garza here ... Tim you are sooo right ...ten years ago I too had a problem getting the TRUTH out, having others accept REALITY, and showing WHAT corrupt and UNACCOUNTABLE systems do. Then after YEARS of MORE TORTURE and HARM ... I finally had ONE of your reporters write an article .... http://www.sfbg.com/2007/06/27/crazy in regard to the INSANITY.

After the article was written ... the process started all over again since the INNOCENT VINDICATED LEFT for DEAD VICTIM got nothing but a signed confession ... http://myownprivateguantanamo.com/settle1.html

Now the lawbreaking is happening again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cP3jCmJFRo and again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFd-KtS8Zss and AGAIN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa7kfWNt4aQ

and like the recent articles in regard to the VIOLATED BOY SCOUTS and the TRUTH and the COMPLICIT PLAYERS (Police, court, medical professionals, etc) ... I too have been to all the DEADEND RISK MANAGEMENT NON VIABLE OPTIONS (Sheriff, OCC, SFPD, POLICE COMMISSION, etc) - see youtube videos.

In addition please realize that the ABOVE SPOKEN of confession did NOT come from the KINDNESS or CORRECTNESS of the city nor the CITY ATTORNEY who years earlier had my case dismissed with TESTIYING and FRAUD (C02-3485PJH) only to sign the "Confession" years later. Instead they went to the mat ...

Shall I show you the SAME PROCESS all over again ... look at the youtube videos. So as as the implication in the article (WE MUST NOT FORGET) for ACCOUNTABILITY, HUMANITY and the TRUTH are necessary for correction and verification.

Please. TIM ... contact me ASAP or a have a reporter do so ... so that this INHUMANITY (Medical LAW violations and Legal Rights violations not mention others ...) can be shown for what it is ... JUST LIKE the BOY SCOUTS incidents and complicit players.

Please note that all the information in order to contact me is still the same since your reporters article.

Sincerely - Jason Grant Garza

oh and as far as NANCY PELOSI ... http://myownprivateguantanamo.com/pelosi1.html and http://myownprivateguantanamo.com/pelosi2.html .... we can speak about what happened after I got the "CONFESSION" and went back to PELOSI with HER USELESS letters.

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 9:55 am

Jason Grant Garza here ... Dear Tim Redman: As the above comment to your EDITORIAL (We were right about the IRAQ war and they were wrong. But have we learned a thing?) ... I too have been writing regarding the TRUTH and looking to finding those who care. DO YOU???

This regards MEDICAL CARE, MEDICAL RIGHTS and LEGAL RIGHTS ... right HERE and NOW in San Francisco ... it includes the SFPD, Sheriff, MOD, HRC, OCC and DPH just to start.

Please DO NOT let me DOWN as ANOTHER who DOES NOT CARE about the TRUTH and just doing your job as I have been shown by COUNTLESS others (look at the videos as referenced in the comment before I that I submitted on March 21st.)

Still awaiting HUMANITY, JUSTICE and FOLLOWUP ....

Tim ... please contact me ASAP unless like the IRAQ WAR and its false premises for run up to the CRIMINAL WAR ... NO ONE CARES and the TRUTH DOES NOT MATTER ...

Today is March 24, 2013

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on Mar. 24, 2013 @ 7:09 am

Dear Tim, Good piece about the Iraq war. Don't hold your breadth for the McCain's of the world to admit they were wrong. Nice stuff. Best from Boston, Peter Kadzis

Posted by Guest on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

Tim tends to spend a lot of time recently rhapsodizing about the past. The past when "we shut San Francisco down." The past when progressives controlled the BOS... It's always worrisome when someone spends so much time looking back in the past vs. towards the future.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

minutes of relevance, since it is all they have had.

Posted by anon on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 1:00 pm