Dying For Nothing!
How About Those U.S. Troops Killed in Ramadi
By Jacob G. Hornberger
May 20, 2015 "Information
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- I can’t help but wonder how the family of Michael A. Monsoor is reacting
to ISIS’s recent conquest of Ramadi in Iraq. Monsoor was awarded the Medal of
Honor for actions taken during the 2006 Battle of Ramadi, when U.S. forces
fought insurgents for control of the city. The medal was awarded posthumously.
Monsoor wasn’t the only U.S. soldier who died in Ramadi.
According to the Wikipedia page “Battle of Ramadi (2006),” more than 80 U.S.
soldiers were killed and more than 200 were injured.
My hunch is that at least some of the family members of all
those dead Americans are thinking to themselves, “Okay, ISIS now controls Ramadi.
But at least my loved one died so that Americans can be free.”
Of course, that’s easier than thinking that they died for
nothing. But the fact is that they did die for nothing. Just look at Ramadi
today for proof. Indeed, just look at Iraq.
The thousands of U.S. soldiers who died in Ramadi and the rest
of Iraq died for nothing, just like those 58,000 plus U.S. soldiers who died in
the Vietnam War. They all died for nothing too.
Let’s put the facts on the table:
- ISIS didn’t exist before the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
It was the invasion itself that ultimately gave rise to ISIS. That’s what
sometimes happens when a foreign nation effects violent, involuntary regime
change on another nation. The side that is ousted sometimes becomes angry
and will do whatever is necessary to regain political power. Recall the
CIA’s regime-change operation in Guatemala, which gave rise to a violent
civil war that lasted for three decades, killing and injuring millions.
- Monsoor and all the other U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq
did not die in the defense of our freedom because our freedom was never
threatened by Iraq. At the risk of belaboring the obvious, Iraq never
attacked the United States or even threatened to do so. The United States
was the aggressor in the conflict and Iraq was the defending nation.
- None of the Iraqis who killed U.S. soldiers at Ramadi or
elsewhere in Iraq had anything to do with the 9/11 attacks. They were doing
nothing more than trying to rid their country of a foreign invader and
- The WMD scare was nothing more than a scam that President
Bush and his minions used to garner support for their war on Iraq. With the
WMD scare, Bush was trying to make it look like Iraq was the aggressor and
that the United States was simply engaging in a preventive war or a
preemptive action before Saddam Hussein unleashed a barrage of WMDs on the
The excuse was bogus from the get-go. Bush and officials in
the national-security branch of the government wanted regime change in Iraq.
After partnering with Saddam in his 1980s war against Iran, they wanted a new
dictator, one who would be more cooperative. That’s what the brutal sanctions in
the 1990s were all about — trying to bring about regime change by squeezing the
economic life out the Iraqi people. When the sanctions didn’t succeed, Bush
resorted to an invasion. The WMDs provided convenient way to scare the American
people, especially given the high level of fear after the 9/11 attacks.
- The U.S. government had no legal authority to enforce UN
resolutions regarding WMDs in Iraq. Only the UN had such authority and the
UN refused to order or authorize an invasion of Iraq.
- The U.S. Constitution requires a congressional
declaration of war before the president and his army are permitted to wage
war against another nation. There was no congressional declaration of war
against Iraq. That means that Monsoor and those other American soldiers died
in an illegal war of aggression against Iraq.
- The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq did not produce
a paradise of freedom, stability, and prosperity. Instead it produced a
nation of perpetual conflict, chaos, violence, death, destruction, arbitrary
arrests, indefinite detention, torture, and civil war. According to the book
The Good War That Wasn’t, which is primarily about World War II,
author Ted Grimsrud writes that the sanctions that the U.S. government
enforced against Iraq “helped transform Iraq from one of the most prosperous
Middle Eastern nations into one of the most impoverished.”
Grimsrud then writes:
A country that had had the highest levels of education,
the best medical system, the broadest distribution of wealth in the entire
Middle East was pauperized by the American invasion and occupation.
- The massive death toll from the sanctions, totalling in
the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraq children, along with UN Ambassador
Madeleine Albright’s infamous statement that the deaths of half-a-million
Iraqi children from the sanctions were “worth it,” were major contributing
factors that produced the deep anger and hatred that led to the 1993
terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993, the USS Cole, the U.S.
embassies in East Africa, and the 9/11 attacks, which were then used as the
excuse for taking away the freedom and privacy of the American people.
At least some U.S. soldiers who fought in Ramadi are not
suffering from self-imposed delusion. A little more than a year ago, in a
USA Today article entitled “Veterans Feel Sting of Ramadi and Fallujah
Losses,” U.S. soldiers expressed their sentiments as al-Qaeda insurgents were
surging back into Ramadi:
Peter Monsoor, retired brigade commander: “Most veterans are
deeply disappointed that the struggles and the sacrifices they made … have
seemingly been for naught.”
David Bellavia, recipient of the Silver Star for heroism: “How
do you tell a parent that, ‘Yeah, your son that was killed. … The mission was
Jeremiah Workman, recipient of the Navy Cross: “My heart is
aching right now. I think of those Marines and sailors and soldiers that were
there and that were lost and that were hurt.”
Question: What will it take for the America people to reject,
once and for all, a foreign policy of foreign intervention and regime change and
all the death, destruction, enmity, and loss of liberty and prosperity that come
Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future
of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his
B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the
University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also
was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and
economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director
of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education.