War, and its sister war in Iraq, were glaring cesspools of corruption, fraud and waste that succeeded only in enriching corrupt officials, empowering warlords and profiting arms and development companies while building governments and armies that were nothing more than houses of cards.
Support for these anti-LGTBQ+ nations with the death penalty ranges from tens of millions to hundreds of billions of dollars.
Twenty years on, listening to panels bringing together American and Iraqi perspectives of the 2003 war demonstrated that there remain, in emerging American narratives at least, two very different Iraq wars.
What we were doing didn’t have anything to do with national defense.
Here I am 20 years later and still talking about it today