After Dubya fled Washington and Barack Obama was inaugurated, I hoped that someone would finally get busy on the Bush/Cheney cabal.
I’m still waiting.
It’s been a long damned time. Dubya’s painting, Cheney keeps ranting in his movie-villain voice, Rumsfled tweets about the success of the war, and even Wolfowitz defends every move. All the while, we know that what happened in Iraq constitutes nothing less than war crimes. Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. We should always have known, but the fact is that Saddam and Osama hated each other. Both wanted to be at the wheel; they were rivals, never partners. The American cabal nonetheless occupied Iraq on the pretext of WMD that did not exist and even if it had, by that time it would already have degraded far beyond its usability as weapons.
I have friends who’ve asked me why nothing’s happened on this important front. I say, America doesn’t want to face these crimes. America doesn’t want to face the fact that Bush, Cheney, and company committed nothing less than international war crimes.
Now, look: I’m a realist. I doubt these people will ever stand trial. More’s the pity. I wish there could be a “truth and reconciliation commission” that could at least call everyone to account, after the South African model. That won’t happen, either, I know. But around the world, people will continue to ask whether America can clean house the way other countries have done, and have needed to do.