America has trouble remembering its history, even when history is dumbed down to what happened a decade ago.


Some of the hawks behind the 2003 invasion of Iraq have been chomping at the bit over the current crisis in Iraq.


Appearing on MSNBC Tuesday morning, Paul Wolfowitz, who was deputy defense secretary in 2001, was credited with the idea of invading Iraq in response to the 9/11 attacks that Iraq had nothing to do with.


Frederick Kagan and William Kristol advocated the 2003 invasion, and they to want to send U.S. ground troops back in.


Former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are dancing with joy. People who should know better want President Barack Obama to do something, anything, as long as the military is involved. The president should do no such a thing. Reinforcing the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is fine, but the situation in Iraq is only the latest manifestation of a 1,300-plus-year-old conflict. This is a time for patience, diplomacy and humility. We can’t fix this. Iraq hasn’t seen such violence in seven years, unless you count the 800 people who disappeared a year ago under the benevolent rule of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.


Before that, you have to go back 13 or 14 years when Saddam Hussein was in charge that was when we blundered. Former President George W. Bush and Cheney – the neocons group – they decided to invade Iraq in 2003, and ultimately it may come to be seen as one of the worst blunders in the history of American foreign policy.


Bush ordered the invasion with questionable intentions and the worst of planning. What’s happening now are some of those consequences.


To say we must deny the jihadists a sanctuary to plan further attacks on the United States ignores the fact they’ve already got sanctuaries in Syria, Yemen and Pakistan.


We spent what eventually will be $3 trillion. Will the last of the 30,400 receive care? Nearly 4,500 lives were lost to replace a minority Sunni Muslim dictatorship with a Shiite Muslim faux-democracy. The United States spent billions of dollars training the Iraqi army. Bush surged 30,000 troops in 2007 hoping to buy enough time for Iraq to create a stable political structure that could carry on without us. When Obama pulled out the last of the combat troops, al-Maliki abandoned the notion of power-sharing with the Sunni and Kurdish minorities.


Liam McGinley


Aiken