U.S. sacrifices in Iraq; China cleans up
The Kansas City Star
Thanks to then-President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, the United States lost more than 4,000 soldiers in Iraq, thousands of others were wounded and billions of dollars vanished before a U.S. exit finally occurred.
The bait-and-switch war was first to eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and then to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein after no WMDs were found. Now the U.S. is tending to its wounds in massive debt and veterans’ medical trauma and high unemployment from the unnecessary expenses and losses from the conflict in Iraq.
Meanwhile, China now is Iraq’s biggest oil customers, capitalizing on the sacrifice that the U.S. made, McClatchy Newspapers reports. About 80 percent of Iraq’s future oil exports are expected to go to Asia — mostly China.
That’s where the people are. That’s where the industry is. That’s where growth is occurring.
It’s too bad the U.S. can’t send China the bill for the war. Oops, China in absorbing a lot of the U.S. debt, did help bankroll Bush’s venture into Iraq.
Maybe China could forgive what the U.S. owes now that China is benefiting from America’s sacrifice.