Colin Powell, Iraq, and the “Good War”
Some commentators are pointing out that former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, who recently passed away, played an instrumental role in the U.S. invasion of Iraq in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Attempting to bolster President George W. Bush’s and the Pentagon’s plan to invade Iraq and effect regime change there, Powell went before the United Nations and presented detailed evidence that Iraq was preparing to attack the United States with weapons of mass destruction.
The goal was to frighten the American people with images of nuclear bombs setting off mushroom clouds over American cities, along with biological and chemical weapons being unleashed all across America.
The plan worked. Given the overwhelming fear and anger arising from the 9/11 attacks, most Americans enthusiastically supported the invasion of Iraq in 2002, an invasion that ultimately killed countless Iraqis and ended up destroying the country.
The problem, of course, is that it was all a lie — a ruse designed to gain the support of the American people for a military regime change in Iraq. After no WMDs were found in Iraq, Bush and the Pentagon didn’t apologize for their “mistake” and bring U.S. forces home. Instead, they kept them in Iraq for years, where they continued to kill people and destroy the country.
Some interventionists came to refer to the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 as the “good war,” implying that the 2002 invasion of Iraq was the bad war. Even today, interventionists continue to justify their invasion of Afghanistan, which, like Iraq, killed countless people and ended up destroying the entire country,
Interventionists, however, are wrong. The fact is that the invasions and occupations of both countries were illegitimate. They were both “bad wars.”
For one thing, there was never a congressional declaration of war against either Iraq or Afghanistan. The U.S. Constitution requires such a declaration before the president can wage war against another nation-state. Interventionists might not like that restriction, but the fact is that that’s the law under our system of government.
That means that under our constitutional system, both wars were illegal.
To justify their intervention against Afghanistan, interventionists sometimes use the authorization to use force that Congress enacted in the aft
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