Because “all that we’ve fought for” in Iraq is about to vanish.
But Jim Wright (no relation) is a little upset himself. He says he fought in Iraq, and he’s angry at people like Mitt (not to mention such lovelies as Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle) and Clueless George who sent him and others over there on the basis of lies: that Saddam was responsible for 9/11, and then the Weapons of Mass Destruction which didn’t exist, and then the great project to bring peace and prosperity to Iraq by killing people and blowing things up. He also points out that people like Mitt and Wolfowitz etc. didn’t actually do any fighting, and neither did any of their family members. So “we” isn’t exactly the correct term.
Wright’s an angry man, and his rant is a bit intemperate, but he’s got a serious point. It’s too bad he wasn’t wise to the lies of politicians before he joined up.
Another serious point is one made by Iraq’s ruling Shiite al Maliki regime, which helped bring on the burgeoning disaster by enthusiastically persecuting Iraq’s Sunni minority. Al Maliki is being urged by the Empire to “reach out” to the Sunnis now that they’re apparently about to overthrow him.
However, al Maliki has, probably correctly, decided that such an effort would be a waste of time at this point, and is doubling down on his disgusting treatment of the Sunnis. At the same time he’s accusing the Saudi Arabian regime of subsidizing terrorism, which it almost certainly does.
In fact, the Saudis have been behind the growth of modern Islamic militarism from the start. They have subsidized schools all over the Muslim world that teach their militant fundamentalist Islamic creed, Wahhabism, and given money and training to all sorts of crazy Sunni insurgent groups. The 9/11 terrorists were mostly Saudis.
And yet, the United State has never threatened the Saudis with invasion or bombing. It’s never even publicly denouced the Saudi regime for fomenting violence and terrorism. No, the Saudi regime, surely one of the most corrupt and depraved on earth is, in fact, a valued friend of the Empire.
Which is a little odd, if you accept the notion that all the U.S. invasions, bombings, economic blockades that kill thousands of little children, occupations, drone strikes, etc., are about stopping terrorism and spreading democracy. Could it be there’s another reason?