Those warmongers who advocated for the invasion of Iraq and are now feeling some heat for that disastrous decision have developed a set of excuses that are trotted out whenever they are confronted with their crimes. What they do is shift from one excuse to another when they get cornered. Here is a list.
“Everyone believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction”
No, everyone didn’t. There were many of us who said right from the start that no convincing evidence had been presented, even leaving aside the question of whether the US had the right to bomb Iraq just because of what it believed.
“It was an understandable mistake based on faulty intelligence”
No it wasn’t. What we saw was a major propaganda effort filled with known lies in a deliberate effort to ratchet up support for war.
“We were wrong for the right reasons while those who were right had the wrong reasons”
I love this one. They argue that all the serious and thoughtful people wanted the war for good reasons and those who opposed it were dirty hippies who could not be taken seriously. Here is one good takedown of that nonsense.
“We must look forward and not backwards and not play the blame game”
We must definitely play the blame game and play it with great vigor. These people are responsible for the deaths and injuries to hundreds and thousands of innocent people and the destruction of infrastructure like water and power systems, schools and hospitals, that have caused who knows how many further deaths. They must never be allowed to forget the monstrous crime that they have created and supported.
“9/11! 9/11! 9/11!”
When all else fails, this hoary chestnut is brought out, even though Iraq had nothing to do with it. As soon as someone brings this up, I immediately conclude that they are people who are not worth engaging with because it reveals either deep ignorance or dishonesty.