Nothing rewards failure quite like politics, and in the US, nothing rewards failure quite like spectacular and deadly errors in foreign and military policy. Witness Iraq. From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:
It has now been eighteen years since the Iraq invasion, and I’m still not done raging about it. Nobody should be.
The reason it’s so important to stay enraged about Iraq is because it’s never been addressed or rectified in any real way whatsoever. All the corrupt mechanisms which led to the invasion are still in place and its consequences remain. It isn’t something that happened in the past.
The Iraq invasion feels kind of like if your dad had stood up at the dinner table, cut off your sister’s head in front of everyone, gone right back to eating and never suffered any consequences, and everyone just kind of forgot about it and carried on life like it never happened. The US-centralized empire is full of willful amnesiacs pretending they don’t remember Iraq because it’s currently politically convenient, and we must not let them do this.
No institutional changes were made to ensure that the evils of the Iraq invasion wouldn’t be repeated. It’s one of those big, glaring problems people just decided to pretend is resolved, like racism