Remember this gem?:
Mr. Russert: If your analysis is not correct, and we're not treated as liberators, but as conquerors, and the Iraqis begin to resist, particularly in Baghdad, do you think the American people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle with significant American casualties?
Vice President Cheney: Well, I don't think it's likely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators. I've talked with a lot of Iraqis in the last several months myself, had them to the White House.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5145.htm
Fast forward a decade:
BAGHDAD -- A coordinated wave of seven car bombs tore through bustling commercial streets Saturday night in Shiite areas of Baghdad, part of a relentless wave of violence that killed at least 46 inside and outside the capital.
The car bombs detonated after the iftar meal that breaks the daily fast of the holy month of Ramadan. Many people head out to shop or relax in coffee shops in the cooler evenings after fasting ends.
Bombings and other attacks have now killed more than 250 people since the start of Ramadan on July 10, according to an Associated Press count. The violence is a continuation of a surge of bloodshed that has rocked Iraq for months, reviving fears of a return to the widespread sectarian killings that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
Boy we sure "liberated" them fucking Iraqis to death -- didn't we Mr. Cheney?
The Gadfly elects not to recount the plethora of lies that were sold to the American people by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld to promote that noxious war of choice. That would be an horribly arduous and time consuming task.
And The Gadfly will also not recount the abysmal behavior of the corporate mainstream media who acted as cheerleaders and sales representatives for going to war and who, when hostilities eventually commenced, literally "embedded" themselves with the military command structure so that they could be spoon-fed their lies as opposed to having to actually perform their fucking job function of journalism in order to gather the information that they were obliged to present to the American public as unbiased "news."
Suffice to say that history (and that documenting process has already begun) will not look upon the United States as the vaunted and heroic "liberators" that Cheney smugly bragged about in that Russert interview, for the passage of time and reality has effectively shown at this point that that viewpoint has always been nothing more than an inebriated fantasy bouncing around like a ping-pong ball inside DUI Dick's fevered dreams.